Writing & Research: Aaron M. Weis

I have to be as forthcoming and frank as I possibly can. As both someone with experience as a journalist or reporter, and someone that prides himself of the written word, I have to admit there are some aspects to the trade that never cease to amaze me. All things considered, however, the aspect that I find to be most, disappointing, I think would be the best word to describe exactly how I feel about this notion, is the fact that that it is articles pertaining to natural disasters, man-made catastrophes, and things of this likes that typically, on average receive more views than other news pieces. So, as a result, it always startles me that, you know, one can expect more impressions or reach on a piece about a celebrity than one could expect in the lifespan on the topic of climate or more pressing concerning, and ultimately, the byproduct or consequence of this is that we see such a kind of floodgate of reports that are essentially negative in their message. So, collectively, we become more interested in the seventy-something-year-old grandma that accidentally drove a school bus off of a cliff, then we do about the sixteen-year-old that already has three associate degrees under his belt, and it all just contributes to the way we have become sort of desensitized to violence, aggression, and things of this nature on a grand scale.

Notwithstanding, on that note, California throughout the years has been notoriously well-known for residing on a major fault line in the San Andreas fault, and as a result, for its earthquakes. Some of the most infamous quakes in the state’s history worth mentioning are the likes of the 1989 Loma Prieta on Oct. 18th 1989 that occurred at the start of the world series baseball game between the Giants and the A’s in The Battle of the Bay, as well as that of the Hayward earthquake of October 1868 which was arguably its most destructive, in addition to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, California’s most deadly, all of which were breaching towards a magnitude of 7 on the Richter Scale.

As of late, this is once again an issue of pressing relativity or interest to the residents of California in the wake of the series of earthquakes that have ravaged the state in days past, and as such we are reminded that while the mid-west has its tornadoes, and coast-lines are well-known for hurricanes and tsunami’s, that we too have our own natural disasters to deal with. Personally, in the last week, I’ve had friends from outside of the state ask if I am safe, okay, or if I have felt anything in the last couple of days, while others still have been affected in one way or another. In a way, we are all subject to playing Russian roulette with Mother Nature herself, in that same capacity that a twister is not cause enough for citizens in the Bible Belt to belt, so too do the people of California refuse to move from the Golden State for a little seismic activity every now and again.

Subsequently, the quakes that we have seen such as that on Tuesday, and those around both San Francisco have caused media sources throughout the nation to cover their basis, and cover every aspect concerning the matter as they possibly could, such as whether or not the next big one is on the way, or whether or not the notion of the next big one was grounds enough for the people to move, to which they were welcomed to a resounding no. If anything, it is more likely that economic or monetary reasons would be the leading cause for its citizens to move than anything else.

Thankfully though, I am fortunate enough to find myself in close proximity to Sacramento, California, which has been rapidly gaining attention to itself as a kind of safe-have to the earthquakes that the state is accustomed to. According to various sources, such as The LA Times, or, The Business, Insider, Sacramento not only is included in the list of safest cities in California for avoiding seismic activity but is arguably the best bet to do so. In an interview with. The SFGate, Engineering Geologist Cynthia Pridmore comments that it is the cities that are in the Northeastern corner of the state, cities like Needles, Blythe, and those closer to the western side of the Sierra’s are the most low-risk cities in the state, with Sacramento being the best bet for the worse earthquakes, and for the most part, it is a pretty well-known fact for those living in the state of California.

In the last couple of days, with these sizeable earthquakes that have actually had a tremendous impact in the sense that various graphs have shown that they literally scarred the earth as a consequence, residents living near the epicenter, or near those towns affected found themselves migrating or relocating themselves, if only temporarily, to the Sacramento area to sort of ride the event out.

In the weeks to come, it will be interesting to see how this story develops, and whether or not the state is done with its shakes and tremors for the time being, or if Mother Nature will rear her nasty head in, and send one, or even more shivers down California’s fault of a spine.