April 1, 2015
No doubt one of the considerations that any property buyer will have taken into account is the character of the area in which they are making their investment. There is an undeniable market for green, leafy suburbs where children can ride their bikes and the elderly can walk down the streets relatively secure in the knowledge that bad things rarely happen here. This is partly what makes Pasadena such an attractive city. It is safe, it has beautiful weather year round, and even with its idyllic setting, it nevertheless retains the advantage of its close proximity to Los Angeles that makes it one of the prime spots for keen eyed investors. But how safe is safe? Let’s zoom out for a second.
Our planet’s surface is made up of seven or eight major tectonic plates. These are giant interlocking pieces of the earth’s crust some 100 km thick, which float, like meringues in custard, upon the sea of magma that lies beneath our feet. Where these plates meet, their edges grind against one another, and it is this process that, over millions of years, causes mountains and canyons to rise and fall. Two of the biggest plates, the Pacific and the North American plates, join along the Californian coastline. The long, highly unstable stretch of land made up by this join is known as the San Andreas Fault.
We have the Fault to thank for much of the spectacular landscape of California, the Transverse Mountain Range, for instance, formed by massive seismic activity. In terms of the earth’s age, this happens very frequently in this area. Over a few hundred years, the pressure of the plates pushing against one another slowly builds until it has to be released in the form of an earthquake. The upper two sections of the Fault, the central and the northern, experienced their most recent “big ones” in 1857 and 1906 respectively. However, the southern section, which runs through Southern California, not far from Los Angeles county, has not had an earthquake of similar magnitude for at least 300 years, making it well and truly overdue.
More than a century later, the 1906 earthquake in the northern section of the San Andreas Fault remains the worst natural disaster in the history of California. Over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed and more than 3000 lives were lost. What will happen when the big one hits the state’s south, no-one can tell. The only real security is to have your property managed and protected by a team of professionals with years of experience and local knowledge. Visit our website at http://managedbyabc.com/index.html to find out more.