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Earthquake Fault Zones Under San Diego Should Send Up Red Flags


San Diego, CA – (November 25, 2002) – New seismic studies revealing the existence of major earthquake fault zones in San Diego should send up red flags for people living in or near the city.


While scientists don’t know when a major earthquake is likely to strike, this latest geological evidence should be a call to action for everyone. The State Department of Conservation has released a series of maps identifying active faults in downtown San Diego, as well as under San Diego Bay and Coronado Island.


Consequently, the message to San Diegans is ‘don’t ignore the need to be prepared’. People need to know how to prepare, what earthquake preparedness tools are accessible to them and where the tools are available.


The results of the studies should prompt San Diegans to stop living in denial and realize that unless they’re pro-active in terms of earthquake preparedness, they risk losing everything.


Office of Emergency Services (OES) data shows that the main cause of loss or injury in an earthquake is from top-heavy items crashing to the floor and blocking escape routes. Things like wall units, TVs and china cabinets can become missiles.


As a result, earthquake safety and security fasteners have been developed in California specifically for earthquake preparedness purposes. Heavy, or large appliances and pieces of furniture can be secured with peel-and-press nylon fasteners.


The straps have been tested for holding items weighing up to 700lbs, while steel furniture cables will hold items up to 1000lbs. These fasteners have been tested and approved by the United States Testing Company and by the University of Kyoto, Japan. Temporary adhesives for securing collectibles and other breakables are another must for earthquake regions.


“There are no excuses for not being prepared,” said Quakehold Vice president Dean Reese. “While there’s nothing we can do to stop earthquakes and the structural damage they can cause, we can protect ourselves and our household possessions.


“It only takes a few minutes and it’s affordable, so I would strongly encourage people to do something now, before it’s too late. Being prepared is our best defense against earthquakes.”


Preparedness tools are inexpensive, easy to use and are available at ‘Earthquake Safety Centers’ in major hardware stores throughout the San Diego region.


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