By Quinn Eaton
Southern California residents were expecting all of the "action" to be in the sky on July 4th, but instead a 6.4 magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc on the region. Aftershocks and tremors usually always accompany powerful earthquakes, but the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit the following day on July 5th has caused much panic throughout the state. A majority of California lies on the famous "San Andreas" fault line, and many scientists have been warning of a long overdue "big one" that seems destined to have catastrophic effects on the area.
Realistically, if I lived in Southern California, or really any part of California, I would be incredibly weary of this predicament. A lot of questions would be going through my head right now.
Should I sell my house and move east and be a part of a Reverse Westward Expansion? Is the box office classic San Andreas starring Dwayne the Rock Johnson an accurate depiction of what could happen?
Thousands upon thousands of people were affected by these earthquakes, one person being former Murray State basketball standout and now Memphis Grizzly Ja Morant, who stated that the earthquake made his hotel start shaking, which prompted him to tweet "I thought I stood up too fast" with a face palm emoji.
It is abundantly clear that these two earthquakes will in fact NOT cause a bunch of people to freak out and move away, both because that is just human nature and real estate value will plummet. Imagine the selling points for a real estate agent in Southern California. "Oh what does this house feature? Well it is two bedroom, two bath, and it also sports a really open layout, and by open layout I mean your house could split open at any point in time."
Why is it that people will continue to live there? The beautiful weather? The friendly people? The logic that these people are practicing by just writing off that these two earthquakes happened and it will probably all be fine is equivalent to investing all of your money into AM radio stations. Things are bad, and it only looks worse from here on out (does that metaphor make sense? you know cause no one listens to AM radio so why would you invest money in it expecting for something to change? If it doesn't make sense, just pretend like it does).
With all news, it always helps to look at the positives, even if it may seem like there are none.
Positive Number 1- The Lakers and Clippers look to be the teams to beat in the upcoming NBA season, and if California just kind of broke off, then that would really turn a two horse race into a wide open one.
Positive Number 2- The NCAA has been dealing with California passing a bill to allow athletes to receive financial compensation for their names and likeness, so instead of banning schools from competition they could just kind of whistle and breezily walk away from the whole thing.
I really hope the "big one" never occurs (if possible), but I do believe that the residents should be informed and prepared in case that day ever does come. I think the only Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson movie anyone wants to come true is The Tooth Fairy, so fingers crossed that these two earthquakes were the worst of it and not a sign that the worst is yet to come.
Photo Credits: ca.gov
Authors: Thad Buchanan, Quinn Eaton, Cole Manion, DJ Pigg, Adam Redfern
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