May, 2019: Important Recent West Coast Seismic Activity?

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 27 May 2019



Important Recent Seismic Activity?

Small tremors along West Coast could lead to 'big one.'
This is called a "slow slip" event,
KOIN, May 22, 2019.


"A small burst of tremors have been recorded along the West Coast in the last few weeks, causing scientists and geologists to pay close attention."

"This is what we call a slow slip type of movement."

"...scientists predict the "big one" will likely occur during one of these slow slip events."

"He cautioned that the slow slip events are a good reminder to be prepared and have a plan with family and an emergency kit at your home."


Bottom Line

Life Happens
Be Ready
There's not much we can do to change the odds of a major earthquake occuring, but we can hedge our outcomes as backpackers, by keeping a pack set-up sufficient for the current season, with at least a three-day food supply, ready to go. I call it my, "Safety Pack." Everyone should have one...

The Safety Pack
I typically keep a pack geared-up for a typical five-day trip, with between three and five days of food, ready to go. This way I know I will have food, shelter, and water purification available, if I can get me and my pack out before everything else comes tumbling down, during significant earthquakes, or any of the range of emergency situations that can possibly develop.

The Safety Pack is in addition to the twenty gallons of fresh water, a cache of rice/pancake type staples, Coleman lantern and Camp Stove I keep, "in house," just for such emergency situations. But what if my building falls down on my supplies?

As Ready as Rationality Requires
The question that this article above, about earthquakes, asks West Coast residents, (which should be, "locally," interpreted and customized by everyone else across our country, to their area's specific hazards), is, "Do you have your Safety Pack set up, and customized for the particular range of hazards your particular zone of climate and terrain presents, located in a place you can grab it, as you run out the door?

I hope so.

"Plan B"
If we make it that far, we can return to our damaged quarters to determine if our staples/water & cooking gear survived, or if we will have to rely on our Safety Pack. These are the times it pays to have a back-up plan for our back-up plan...


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