If you are a new resident in the area of Lakeport California and have moved here from another part of the country, then you may want to find out more about the regions notorious geological history which makes it prone to earthquakes as well as experiencing less troublesome tremors on a regular basis. These devastating natural phenomena can be as frightening as they are destructive phenomena and involves the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock. A severe earthquake and its terrible after effects can occur anywhere around the world but California in particular is regularly affected. While these occur so frequently that locals are all but immune to anything other than a major earthquake, those who have not experienced anything of this nature may find this rather unsettling initially, especially given that statistics indicate that there is more than a 90% chance of a large earthquake hitting within fifty miles of the town in the next fifty years! However the last quake to hit this area was in 1992 and measured just 4.9 magnitude on the Richter Scale resulting in a minimum amount of damage.
Many Californians have been brought up to expect the “Big One” at any time are these earthquakes are common across the state thanks to its close proximity to the infamous San Andreas Fault. This causes thousands of small earthquakes every year as it runs through California then forms volatile boundary between the Pacific Ocean and what is known as the North American Plate. According to records, the earliest earthquake in the area was in 1769, close to the San Andreas Fault, around 30 miles southeast of L.A and the largest one ever recorded was the 1857 Fort Tejon quake that was believed to be a magnitude of 8.0 which caused damage to an area of over two hundred miles. However, the most destructive quake on record occurred in more recent times and that was in 1906, with a magnitude of 7.9 and while the city of San Francisco was most affected, the shaking could be felt by residents of Lakeport who experienced some minor damage to property that resulted in fallen masonry and chimneys collapsing in some residential areas. Unfortunately residents of San Francisco were not as fortunate and over 3000 people were killed as a result of the earthquake and the outbreak of fires that followed it. This particular quake ruptured a large section of the San Andreas Fault, which covered a segment of almost 300 miles.
There have been additional quakes in the past thirty years that have resulted in widespread damage and deaths across the state, most notably the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that hit the San Francisco Bay area and the Northridge earthquake that occurred in the vicinity of Greater Los Angeles in 1994. It is predicted that another huge earthquake could devastate the state in the not too distant future so if you have concerns about this then The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services provides a manual to help you prepare and enhance your safety, just in case disaster does strike.