Re: RARA-AVIS: Cali and quakes

Date: 07 Sep 2001

In a message dated 9/6/01 8:30:51 PM, writes:

<< LA's seasonal brushfires play a big role in Don Winslow's California Fire and Life. >>

People who've never been here before fear the quakes, but they're few and far between. And usually pretty harmless. The fires however, happen annually every fall when the Santa Ana Winds start blowing in from the North. The tall weeds in the hills have dried a nice, crispy brown from the hot, summer sun. And the pyromaniacs who like to watch things burn drive out with their cans of gasoline or other incendiary devices. More than anything, the brush fires are L.A.'s true natural disaster.

The mudslides when it rains are second. Traffic on the 405 is third. Earthquakes are a far distant fourth.

John Lau

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