Jeff Smith noon, March 8
California Superstorm Could Cause 5 Times the Damage of Major Quake
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.