St. Genevieve High School

Ready or not, here comes Mother Nature

From wildfires to earthquakes, from tornadoes to tsunamis, Mother Nature has her ways of taking a spin on things here on earth. 

Just last year, natural disasters occurred left and right in both the Midwestern States of the U.S. and Nepal. 

The Midwest faced 51 tornadoes and counting from the start of them on May 6. As for the country of Nepal, the people faced terrible an earthquake on April 25, 2015, with historical monuments crumbling to the ground and much-needed aid through it all. The Nepal earthquake lasted 20 seconds. It was first reported as an 7.5 magnitude quake; however, it was soon updated to a 7.8. Aftershocks had occurred prior to this day. There is an uncertainty that Southern California is ready for some natural disaster to occur anytime soon. 

The one worry for those living in Southern California are earthquakes. According to CalTech research, the last earthquake that rocked in the SoCal area was on May 19, 2015, branching out from Loma Linda to Corona. These earthquakes were less than magnitude 2.0. However, the last major earthquake that affected the valley occurred 21 years ago in Northridge. 

With this in mind and the other earthquakes, the California Department of Public Health have found ways to get their message of safety and precaution across to the many homes through the power of advertisement. Countless ads, one minute or shorter, have shocked residents to start preparing for an earthquake. According to a press release from the Ad Council, on September 13, 2012, the Ad Council had partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  and released a series of ads that get families to: (1) get an emergency kit, (2) make a plan, (3) be informed, and (4) get involved. One in particular, called the “The Day Before,” just hit all four points. 

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the San Andreas fault is a fault that goes through 810 miles of California. It is divided into three parts that all have their own levels of intensity. The significant of all three is the southern segment that runs within 35 miles of Los Angeles. 

Although, these tactics of getting people to become afraid have not worked for the long-term. Now three years after these commercials, earthquakes have lost itself in the conversation of many SoCal residents. Living so close to the fault line of one of the biggest earthquake ever occurred in California’s history is quite terrifying. Honestly, there is no way in knowing if we would wake up the next morning to the Earth’s shaking and not our alarms.