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10/17/08  Update: See comment(s) below.   
October 16, 2008  
3 articles below.  Whereas most cities show concern and try to prepare residents for an expected disaster, the City of Fresno, CA will not even address the issue of how a medium-to-large-size earthquake, which is predicted to occur in the near future, will likely wipe out the city.  After 50+/- yrs of secret altering of the city sewer, water and infrastructure, by a group who is not even licensed or authorized to TOUCH these areas, Fresno / Clovis is now setting on top of clamped sewer and water lines; homes/office buildings reconstructed without permits or inspections.  Overhead and underground utilities completely altered and re-connected by this group (while some are even drinking), entailing massive building, safety, health and environmental code violations.  Regardless of what we are being told, the city’s water, sewer and power infrastructures cannot possibly be in compliance with State and Federal guidelines – there is not even any record for what these people are doing!  Instead, they alter plat/parcel maps and PG&E records to cover up the evidence!  Nothing has been put back using safety precautions or guidelines – I have seen them in action, sneaking and lying about what they are doing.  Conspiring with various city employees, including heavy-equipment operators.  This group is even annihilating people in order to vacate property to pull this off – their trail of ID theft, forgeries of people never seen again, illegal conversion of assets speaks for itself.  New deeds entail revised property lines and more fraudulent information, which is why there are no older records of Fresno.  It seems obvious that chances for survival have been greatly diminished, yet to date, the City refuses to even acknowledge this.  
Could this be what L.O.G. was talking about when he said that a major disaster would soon wipe the entire city out?  His daughter is a local FBI agent who he says is behind high-tech monitoring of residents as the atrocities continue taking place.  Others, behind the utility pole altering/reconnecting refer to themselves as “people watchers” and boast of monitoring residents inside and outside of their homes, allowing for further violations against innocent residents and pillaging of the city.  Another one said we were all going to die anyway, so it didn’t matter.  I find myself going back to my earlier suspicions – a planned “Katrina.”  (1981 Fwy 41 was built to serve as water channel for such an event – headed straight into the multi-million dollar projects downtown.)  The evidence behind such a disaster event would quickly eliminated / covered up.  What a surprise to even find an article called, “Earthquake Katrina!”  Imagine how something like this would benefit the very people behind all of this – with all of the financial and real estate theft, they would be the ones collecting the insurance claims and disaster relief funds.  A closer look shows the ringleaders linked to city officials and developers.   

Largest earthquake drill in U.S. history
[con’t …]
“This [the Cajon pass] is the center of a lot of the damage that’s going to be happening in the earthquake because this is what we call a lifeline corridor. A lot of the infrastructure that supports life in Southern California has to cross the fault at this location. As we did our analysis of what that big earthquake would be like we recognized that it’s a really important piece of the problem,” Jones said.
The USGS estimates that the San Fernando Valley would experience relatively low levels of shaking, while the Coachella, San Bernardino, Antelope and San Gabriel valleys would experience high levels of shaking. Shaking along the Cajon pass would disrupt utilities such as power lines, gas pipes, oil pipelines, fiber optic cables, and railroads.

“We are in a very aggressive campaign now, getting as many county residents as we can… signed up for the ShakeOut drill,” said County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “The 400,000 people that I represent who live on the other side of this fault will very likely be cut off from the rest of Southern California and we need to train in that scenario… not only to repair the damage but… to get back to normal life after that,” Mitzelfelt added.
USGS Geophysicist and Earthquake Designer Kenneth Hudnut said that a large earthquake could occur soon if past statistics are anything to go by.
[con’t …]

Complete article can be found here ===>  http://www.highlandnews.net/articles/2008/10/16/news/04earthquake.txt 


Preparing for “Earthquake Katrina” & Levee Disaster in CAPORTION OF (4/30/07) ARTICLE BELOW:

In a scenario aptly dubbed “Earthquake Katrina,” the region will more likely than not experience a 6.7 magnitude – or greater – earthquake in the next few decades. The Delta’s levees are not designed to withstand a major flood, much less a major earthquake. A sudden levee failure of that extent would have serious impacts on the Delta ecosystem, already strained under the pressure of urban and agricultural resource demands, in addition to threatening human lives and property and disrupting water supplies and the state economy for months or years.

The Department of Water Resources estimates that levee damage due to an earthquake of this magnitude would require at least 15 months of repairs (realistically, much longer), flood as many as 85,000 acres of agricultural land and 3000 homes, and disrupt water and natural gas deliveries, shipping and transportation, with total costs to California’s economy in the range of $30 to 40 billion in the first five years.


Fresno County’s General Plan Update
February 2000
These 12 pages describe how Fresno could be affected by earthquakes and related seismic hazards.  It describes the active and potentially active faults within and adjacent to Fresno CountyGround shaking is the primary seismic hazard.  Settlement of groundwater and physical rearrangement.  Settlement of sufficient magnitude causes significant structural damage. 
The State of California provides standards for building design through the CA Uniform Building Code (CUBC) and has been modified for CA conditions and numerous more detailed and/or stringent regulations.  The State Earthquake protection law (CA Health & Safety Code 19100 et seq) requires that buildings be designed to resist stresses produced by lateral forces caused by wind and earthquakes.  Installation of underground utility lines must comply with industry standards specific to the type of utility (e.g., National Clay Pipe Institute for sewers and American Water Works Assn. for water lines.)  These standards contain specifications for installation and design. 
Fresno County Grading Ordinance (Section 7001, March 1991) stipulates safety and environmental measures for construction practices.  It is probable that Fresno will be affected by at least one moderate to large earthquake during the 20-yr timeframe of the General Plan.  Broken water supplies and sewer lines are a major concern.  (We are now approaching yr 9 of the predicted 20 yrs)



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