It’s one of those coping skills that come with living in earthquake country: Putting the risk out of your mind until that moment you feel the shaking.
But this form of denial is being challenged — thanks to social media and a push by some seismic safety experts to spread the word when the risk of an earthquake increases.
Scientists say they cannot predict when earthquakes will strike. But they have long known that 50% of all large quakes are preceded by smaller quakes. Moreover, decades of research shows that small quakes near major faults — such as the San Andreas — can trigger bigger temblors.
So when a