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Here's something to take your mind off California's massive fiscal deficit, as well as what might happen along the San Andreas Fault. As reported by Yahoo! news, more than 100 scientists and experts warn that California faces the possibility of a winter superstorm that could flood one-fourth of the state's homes and cause $300 billion to $400 billion in damage -- four or five times the damage of a major earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey says such superstorms have happened in the past. The threat has been dormant for 150 years. In 1861-62, a 300-mile stretch of the Central Valley was inundated. Floods were so bad that the state capital had to be moved to San Francisco. There have been larger storms in the years 212, 440, 603, 1029, 1418, and 1605, according to geological evidence. Scientists say a storm could last more than 40 days and pour 10 feet of water on the state. Winds could reach 125 miles an hour; landslides could make everything worse.

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nativesd Jan. 18, 2011 @ 3:32 p.m.

Sorry Don but these stories remind me of the never-ending stories about coffee being bad for you. Earthquake, killer storm, auto plunge off cliff, yada yada yada. All that this latest prophesy of a cataclysm will do is embolden the Bible thumpers into fine-tuning their never-ending quest for the date on which it all ends...

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Don Bauder Jan. 18, 2011 @ 5:40 p.m.

There are several ways to look at this. The prognosticators can always say "I told you so" or, if the event doesn't take place, say that the public has been forewarned, and we can't pinpoint the date. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Jan. 18, 2011 @ 5:35 p.m.

Imagine a major earthquake AFTER that really big storm which would turn the water soaked soil into a jelly and really cause huge damage and seaside erosion which would reshape the coastline...

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Don Bauder Jan. 18, 2011 @ 5:42 p.m.

Then Arizona would have a coastline. Zonies wouldn't have to come to San Diego in the summer because there would be no San Diego. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Jan. 18, 2011 @ 8:32 p.m.

Nostradamus, Mayan Calendars, 2012-a second Obama term and now Superstorms... all End-of-the-World tales, some scarier than others. San Diego's financial problems pale in comparison to ALL of these predictions.

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Don Bauder Jan. 18, 2011 @ 9:33 p.m.

What's Nostradamus's interpreters saying these days? Nostradamus surfaced in the '50s when I was in college. Then he seemed to disappear. Is he making a comeback -- other than in the National Enquirer? Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Jan. 19, 2011 @ 8:53 a.m.

Oh I suppose it the same stuff, just regurgitated in endless Cable TV programming these days on the History Channel. Lots of programming time to fill and commercials to sell.

http://www.history.com/shows/nostradamus-effect

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Don Bauder Jan. 19, 2011 @ 11:13 a.m.

That's what the media are all about: space and time to fill, commercials to sell. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK Jan. 19, 2011 @ 10:44 a.m.

almost as much damage as sacramento politics has caused in the past few years.

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Don Bauder Jan. 19, 2011 @ 11:14 a.m.

Did Nostradamus predict the mess in Sacramento? Best, Don Bauder

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