Shake Shake Shake
Try clicking this link for the best one. (Sorry QuickTime required.) It shows the earth movement under San Francisco during the 1906 quake. Watch those ripples! And try moving the slider manually to really see it.
Makes you want go and sell your place in the city, doesn't it?
.... makes me want to heed the oh-so-wise words of our oh-so-sharp Homeland Security and fetch plenty of duct tape, powdered milk, and cans of tuna.
Yeah, the delusions governments and people have about how to survive a catastrophe are unreal.
I've actually heard people here in Sodom by the Sea justify their SUV by saying, "Well if the big one comes, I'll need the 4WD to get out of the city." ...And a construction crane to lift the tons of concrete that it's buried under.
BTW, if you want to escape an earthquake, buy a dual-purpose trail bike like a KLR-650 or something like that. I know folks who got whacked by the hurricanes on the Gulf Coast this year. They say that the roads were impassable for days by any four-wheeled vehicle, but their dirt bikes just slogged right around every obstacle in their path. Of course, the fact that it'd be under the same tons of concrete rubble if in the city doesn't help :}.
But to you're point about the KLR-650, does this mean that my Thunderbird isn't gonna cut it? :-) (Thing's heavy like brick, so guess not.)