Quake Safety by the Numbers

Date when hospitals must qualify for an “A” grade, meaning they’re equipped non-structurally to operate for at least 72 hours after a major earthquake.

Number of people injured in eight Southern California counties in the hypothetical “ShakeOut” scenario by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Number of people killed in that scenario.

Average number of years between major ruptures on the southern San Andreas Fault.

When the last major earthquake occurred on the southeastern portion of the San Andreas near Bombay Beach, site of the 7.8 magnitude hypothetical ShakeOut quake.

Number of buildings on the campuses of state’s general acute care hospitals.

$110 billion
Estimated cost in 2007 for all those hospitals to comply with state seismic safety laws by the 2030 deadline.


Sources: U.S. Geological Survey, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, California Hospital Association.

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