In just a few days, the anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake rolls around. It’s no secret that I am somewhat paranoid about having a big earthquake, knowing that if my house is damaged or destroyed it will be a financial ruin as well since I can’t afford to repair or replace it.
If only there were some way to predict earthquakes… but hey, what’s this? A pattern has emerged — and where there is a pattern, there is a prediction possibility.
Let’s take a look at five of the biggest earthquakes in the last 30 years:
16 Sep 1978
17 Oct 1989
17 Jan 1994
17 Jan 1995
17 Aug 1999
Even farther back, there’s the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, which hit on April 18.
If I were you, I’d batten down the hatches around the middle of the month. It’s like Earth’s PMS period.[Update, October 15: I’d just like to point out that there was a 3.1 earthquake just 15 minutes ago a bit south of here near Santa Cruz. I’m just saying. Middle of the month.] [Update, October 15: And now, a much bigger 6.3 hit Hawaii. Now, I ask you: did I predict this?] [Update, October 15: Interestingly, the USGS has deleted the quake near Santa Cruz, saying “the earthquake occurred outside of northern and central California and our location and magnitude are unreliable.” So, I guess that it officially didn’t happen.]