Remember when you were a child and your mother would tell you that California will one day break off into the ocean? Well, it now seems, she might have been right. To think that you figured that entire time mom just didn’t want you to run away to California and become a recurring extra on Baywatch. A top seismologist is now encouraging the people of California to accept their fate, which seems to be being cast away into absolute oblivion due to a monstrous earthquake. And worse more? The seismologist suggests that people unwilling to accept this fate will cause more suffering.
Wait, is this fear mongering level 10, or a dismal reality?
Maybe a little of both, honestly.
Top seismologist Lucy Jones, who works for the US Geological Survey, gave a powerful speech that literally shook the room (I’m so sorry for the inappropriate pun). Jones claims that the people of California are blatantly refusing to accept the threat of such major catastrophe, causing the potentially catastrophic effects to be far worse than they would be if the people would just accept it.
But wait, what does she mean? Are the people of California seemingly not depressed enough? Surely, Jones understands the state is bankrupt, taxed to death, and ran by liberal elitist talk show hosts.
The drama all unfolded during her keynote speech which she presented at the Japan Geoscience Union and American Geophysical Union. She asserted that people are a bit too infatuated with earthquakes that might happen in 30 or so years, rather than the ones which lurk around the corner. Jones delivered three reasons why she says the people of California might perish during the next monster earthquake: The threat of an earthquake is uncertain, can’t be seen, and is unknowable.
We find patterns even when they’re not real,’ Dr Jones said.
‘Someone’s decision not to be ready increases the chances that others will suffer,’ Jones said, writes the LA Times.
Jones was quickly accused of fear mongering on Twitter, to which she seemingly took offense to by responding that she wasn’t “trying to terrify anyone.”
Jones and her team of seismologist have run modules which show a major earthquake striking California via the San Andreas fault and leveling at least 15,000 buildings, perishing the lives of many and destroying the power grids. (Click to Article)