Calamitous quake in California now near certain

A 6.7 TEMBLOR PREDICTED TO HIT WITHIN 30 YEARS, STUDY SAYS While death and taxes are said to be life’s only certainties, on Monday California scientists added another calamity to that list: earthquakes.

There is a 99.7 percent chance that a major temblor will strike the Golden State in the next 30 years, according to the first comprehensive study of the state’s earthquake risks.

“The sobering thing to me is we’ve never seen anything like a 99 percent probability before,” said Tom Parsons, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. “That’s not a number we throw around a lot.”
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