California faces the
risk not just of devastating earthquakes but
also of a catastrophic storm that could tear at
the coasts, inundate the Central Valley and
cause four to five times as much economic damage
as a large quake, scientists and emergency

reports New York Time
.

 


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For emergency planning purposes, scientists unveiled a hypothetical
California scenario that describes a storm that could produce up to 10 feet of
rain, cause extensive flooding (in many cases overwhelming the state’s
flood-protection system) and result in more than $300 billion in damage.

 

The "ARkStorm Scenario," prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey and released
at the ARkStorm Summit in Sacramento on Jan. 13 – 14, combines prehistoric
geologic flood history in California with modern flood mapping and
climate-change projections to produce a hypothetical, but plausible, scenario
aimed at preparing the emergency response community for this type of hazard.

Read Full Release at

usgs.gov

 

What is the "ARkStorm Scenario"?

 

 

Are you and your family prepared for such an
emergency? Visit ready.gov
for a guide on

preparing for winter storms and extreme cold

 

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