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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:16

Most Californians Don’t Have Earthquake Insurance. Should They?

(TNS) — Glenn Pomeroy, head of the California Earthquake Authority, spent the weekend in Ridgecrest, near the epicenter of Friday’s 7.1-magnitude quake and its day-earlier, 6.4-magnitude baby brother.

“Driving around, you could clearly see there had been a disaster,” he told me. “Streetlights were blinking, stores were closed, the ground was still shaking.”

But the people of Ridgecrest and nearby communities were lucky, Pomeroy said. The damage could have been a lot worse.

“You put a 7.1 under Los Angeles, you’d be looking at a whole different situation,” he said. “We could be looking at billions of dollars in damage.”