Latest West Coast Quakes Have Scientists Sounding Alarm on ‘The Big One’

Warren Zevon, one of the truly great American songwriters, began his classic ballad Desperadoes Under The Eaves with the line:

And if California slides into the ocean, 

Like the mystics and statistics say it will, 

I predict this motel will be standing, 

until I pay my bill.

Seminal punk rock outfit Rancid repeated over and over on Antennas from their 2000 self-title record:

So with no evacuation,

Let California fall into the f**king ocean.

So it seems that the idea of some natural catastrophe taking Los Angeles out to see has been hanging around the people culture for some time.  But how likely is this to occur?  Could a massive earthquake sheer the Golden State right off of the map?

Scientists aren’t too sure about that, but they are growing concerned that “the big one”  could be right around the corner.

Because of the extreme damage that a major west coast seismic event would do to our economy and to our Internet infrastructure, all of our lives will dramatically change the moment it happens.  So it is understandable why so many people are alarmed by the tremendous shaking that we have witnessed over the past few days.  As Americans all over the country were celebrating Christmas, the state of California was shaken by 9 significant earthquakes, and farther north the city of Vancouver was rattled by a magnitude 6.3 quake

A series of earthquakes on Christmas Eve and before dawn Christmas morning hit around California, and a much bigger 6.3 quake shook off Vancouver.

At least nine earthquakes in 24 hours reaching up to 3.2 magnitude shook California from the Los Angeles area north to Chico, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The other quakes in the swarm ranged from 2.5 to 3.0 magnitude and stretched the length of the state, according to the USGS.

Some of these quakes are occurring in the exact same location as major shakes that took place in July and made headlines around the world.