California could be subject to a powerful series of storms, capable of costing $300 billion in damages — three times as much as a severe earthquake in the southern part of the state, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The “ARkStorm Scenario,” prepared by USGS and released at the ARkStorm Summit in Sacramento this week, combines pre-historical geologic flood history in California with modern flood mapping and climate-change projections to produce a hypothetical, but plausible scenario aimed at preparing the emergency response community for this type of hazard.
USGS said the hypothetical storm, also dubbed the “other Big One,” would strike the U.S. West Coast and be similar to the intense California winter storms of 1861 and 1862 that left the central valley of California impassible. The storm is estimated to produce precipitation ... Read entire article: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2011/01/14/180402.htm
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