By the Time I Got to Work…

English: Epicenter of the 2010 Japan earthquak...

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By the time I got to work today, roughly 24 earthquakes had already occurred worldwide according to the U.S. Geological Survey(USGS).  The USGS records national earthquakes of 2.5 magnitude or higher, and those that occur worldwide at 4.5 magnitude or higher.

Most can readily recall the 2011 earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami, the 2010 earthquake that crumbled Haiti, and also the 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated 14 countries to include Thailand.  In January 2005, the death toll from the later earthquake alone was estimated at 286,000 and another 1.7 million were reported to have been displaced throughout South Asia and East Africa.

Even more shaking, is the fact that of the 16 largest earthquakes recorded (8.5 magnitude and higher) since 1900, five have occurred over the last decade!

Working at Pie Consulting & Engineering gives you a different perspective on what I like to call “unnatural” disasters.  When large catastrophic events such as earthquakes occur, the engineers at Pie Forensic Consultants are often called on to go weeks or even months with little sleep and endless reports on the devastation.  The hundreds of photos bought back from the field lend a much broader view of an event than say, local or even world news reports.

If you’ve ever watched the show Sanford & Son, you will recall Fred Sanford was always talking about the “big one.”  In the CAT world, who knows when the next big one will hit.

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