Note to Self: Don’t Move Back to California. Ever.

California seems to be the easiest place I’ve ever lived. The roads are nicely constructed, the people are always in a good mood, the weather is comfortable year round, the economy is strong, the beaches are gorgeous…

But in a way, Californians beg for disaster. A recent Santa Barbara wildfire destroyed dozens of houses, and UCSB students had to endure poor air quality while walking to class. Last summer, there were intense wildfires by my house in Santa Cruz, California. Everyone was advised against making beach excursions and going outside, and the annual Skypark Fourth of July celebration was canceled. A close family friend still suffers nightmares and post traumatic stress disorder after the 2007 San Diego fires.

Then there’s the massive earthquake problem, especially for geniuses like me who live on the San Andreas Fault.

With wildfires and consistent yet unpredictable earthquakes, California isn’t the safest place to live, as beautiful as it may be.

If you don’t want to worry about your house crumbling or burning, possibly taking you down as well, don’t live in California. There’s nothing more terrifying to me than watching my dining room floor roll up and down like an ocean wave while I have absolutely no idea when the earthquake will end.

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6 thoughts on “Note to Self: Don’t Move Back to California. Ever.

  1. Other parts of the country have tornados, hurricanes, etc. Every part of the country has its own disaster, and their actual danger is subjective. For example, people in California tend to not worry as much about earthquakes as tornados because we’re used to earthquakes, but people from tornado country will think tornados are no big deal and be TERRIFIED of the prospect of an earthquake.

    I don’t really think California is any less safe than any other [interesting] part of the country. At least not in terms of natural disasters.

    (I say “interesting” because yeah, I’m sure you can move to some population 50 town in Colorado and be safer than here, but I’m not sure that’s a worthy tradeoff.)

  2. Colorado is quite charming, minus the freezing weather. You’re right-Great things come with great risks. But look at how many fires California has faced in the past year-A few months ago, you even said you couldn’t go outside without breathing ash, and last summer, Santa Cruz had all those wildfires.

    In the end, most places are dangerous, but I feel California is becoming increasingly more dangerous. It’s only a matter of time before there’s a repeat of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.

  3. I agree with that, but at the same time, I’m not sure it’s actually a big concern. People are extremely rarely injured/killed in these things. More people were killed in a single DAY in California by drunk drivers than in three YEARS of forest fires.

    To me, it feels like yet another thing that people freak out about for no reason. And yes, I’m me and biased, but there are few things I hate more than pointless nationwide panic. Our country would be so much better if our media didn’t thrive based on how scared they make people, which is what happens.

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