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Stop Three: Drought in

Pasadena, California

How to be Prepared
for the Unpredictable:

Hazard Field
Trip

Develop a safety plan with your household


and immediate family members

Store at least 1 gallon of water for each


person and pet.

Store food for at least 3 days; Longer if you


can.

Make a kit that includes (but no limited to):

Flashlights, batteries, radio, first aid kit,


blankets, warm clothes and important
documents.

Pasadena, California is
in an exceptional state
of drought. Which is the
worst category to be in.
As mentioned earlier the
climate change is a huge
factor as to why pasadena is in this state. Along
with the lack of precipitation over a long period
of time. The drought expands to about 98% of
California and we are in our 5th year of severe
drought. As of January 2014 California was
declared in a drought state of emergency. To
help we can work together to conserve water by
taking shorter showers, only washing full loads
of laundry, and limiting the amount of water we
use to wash our cars or water our lawns. The
key is to monitor our usage and to

Stop One: Los Angeles


Stop Two: Northridge
Stop Three: Pasadena

Stop One: Climate Change in


Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California has


always been know as a hot
spot for tourist to visit. However, the current
climate change aecting the area could bring a
risk for future vacationers. As shown in the picture
below the average temperature in Los Angeles has
risen 4 degrees over the past century and
continues to rise. Along side with the rising
temperature and lack of precipitation in Los
Angeles has lead to a major drought. Local ground

waters only reach 30% to 40% of the countys


demand. To fulfill the remaining demand of water
Los Angeles county needs to import water from
northern California. Not only does the climate
change aect our current drought state but the
rise in temperatures also trigger more wild fires.
Thus leading to poorer air quality.

Los Angeles is already taking action to reduce


the emissions of green house gasses. One way
by improving public transportation.

Stop 2: Southern
California's Major
Earthquakes

In Southern California we experience on


average 35 earthquakes each day. However
most of those quakes are very minor and do
not aect our daily activities. We often don't
even feel them. But every once in awhile we
experience an earthquake so large it causes
damage and even takes lives of the people who
reside here. The Earthquake on January 17,
1994 that hit Northridge, California at 4:30 am
was a magnitude 6.7 caused great damage and
took the lives of 57 people. The majority of
earthquakes happen in California because we
sit on two dierent tectonic plates, the Pacific
Plate and the North American Plate. The two
plates meet at the San Andres Fault.

The plates are constantly moving. They might


shift about 6 inches a year. An earthquake will
occur when the plates drag or bump against
each other causing friction. When the friction is
release the energy resulted will travel and cause
the tremors in the ground. Earthquakes may
cause landslides, flooding and tsunamis, along
with other catastrophic events. It is always
import expect the unexpected and be prepared
for the worst case scenario.