Is LA Ready For A Big Earthquake? : Planet Money Last week's California quakes have reinforced fears of "the big one", the high-magnitude trembler that seismologists say is inevitable. How ready is the city of Los Angeles?
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Is LA Ready For A Big Earthquake?

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Is LA Ready For A Big Earthquake?

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Is LA Ready For A Big Earthquake?

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Seismologists and other earthquake watchers say that California is long overdue for a big earthquake, of the magnitude that devastated San Francisco in 1901. Last week's tremors north of Los Angeles, which hit 6.4 and 7.1 on the Richter Scale, have reinvigorated discussions about the state of preparedness of California's cities, and the people who live in them.

We met Jacob Margolis, host of the KPCC podcast The Big One, to talk about what an earthquake of huge magnitude might mean for the city of Los Angeles, its people and its economy.

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