A lot has changed since 1985.
The U.P.O. quake that killed about 100 people in Colorado, a magnitude 7.8 that killed people in the city of Milpitas in California and an earthquake that caused damage in the state of Mexico killed more than 1,000 people.
Now the U,P.S., which is a subcontinental subduction zone off the coast of the United States, is still a major earthquake hazard.
“This is a very large earthquake, and there’s a lot of risk,” said Dr. Richard Ries of the University of Colorado, Boulder.
“You have the possibility of catastrophic earthquakes.”
In his latest book, Ries, a geophysicist at the U of P’s Centre for Earthquake Dynamics and Prevention, talks about how earthquakes are becoming more dangerous, but he says there are some ways to avoid them.
He says the first thing to do is prepare for them.
“We’re seeing more and more people who are not only aware of the risks, but also who are prepared to mitigate those risks,” Ries said.
“If you’re not prepared, then you’re probably going to miss the chance to make a difference in this region.”
Here are some steps to take when you’re in the path of a quake: If you’re inside the U-shaped region, take precautions and consider getting a life preserver or protective gear.
Ries recommends getting a large life preserve, which measures up to 1,800 milliliters, like a 1.5 gallon plastic bag.
“There’s a huge difference between a 1,500-millilitre life preservative and a 1-gallon bag of plastic,” he said.
If you are outside the U region, use common sense.
“I would say, ‘Be aware of your surroundings,'” Ries says.
“Know where you’re going, know where the roads are and understand where the bridges are.”
He said if you’re near the ocean, stay in your car.
“It is important to stay on the coast,” he says.
Rios said the best way to avoid a major quake is to stay off the beach and off the highways.
He recommends people take shelter at home and have some way to keep them warm and drink water.
If a quake is imminent, Rios says people should evacuate immediately.
“Be prepared,” he advises.
“But remember that a major event can happen, and if you don’t plan ahead, you could end up in a worse situation than you would have in a normal situation.”
Read more: http://www.abcnews.com/science/earthquakes-and-the-world/20120111-seismic-activity-is-at-an-all-time-high-in-mexicos-western-border/