The Times podcast: Turkey and Syria’s earthquake, California’s ‘Big One’

Turkey devastation earthquake
Families sit next to a destroyed building in Antakya, southern Turkey. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the region Feb. 6, killing over 20,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
(Khalil Hamra / Associated Press)

An earthquake as devastating as the one that hit Turkey and Syria this month has been forecast to hit Southern California for decades. What can residents and government agencies do to prepare?

Today, our Masters of Disasters examine the aftermath of these earthquakes and give us their tips for planning ahead. Read the full transcript here.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times earthquake reporter Ron-Gong Lin II, and L.A. Times coastal reporter Rosanna Xia

More reading:

California faces threat from the type of back-to-back mega-earthquakes that devastated Turkey

A deadly building flaw common in California brings destruction and misery to Turkey, Syria

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