Since then, reality and sanity has come back to roost. Experts are pointing out that when the article said “everything west of I-5 will be toast,” the article was talking about 1) the absolute worst case, 1:5000 chance, of the entire subduction zone releasing at once; and 2) “toast” was referring to infrastructure, not human life or the entire continental shelf breaking away and floating out to sea.
Honestly, I like reading somewhat sensational articles like this for the same reason that I enjoyed the “Worst Case Scenario” series of books. I believe in the Boy Scout’s motto “be prepared,” and while I cannot go to an actual disaster zone to practice my survival skills, thinking about what I would do in a given situation is the next best thing.
I think the hardware industry also needs to think about natural disaster scenarios with a “be prepared” mindset as well. We already have panic and fire safety codes in place to allow people to exit to safety in case of a situation that we all hope will never occur in one of our own buildings. Expanding our mindset to include “what would we do in case of earthquake/tsunami?” can only serve to improve our industry.