Earthquakes ending civilization seems farfetched. An earthquake tends to affect a single city like LA as in the 1974 Hollywood movie Earthquake or Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (TV 1999). Greater likelihood than New York City falling into the Atlantic Ocean due to global warming than the city which ‘never sleeps’ ending up destroyed by an earthquake. However, LA being swallowed by an earthquake does seem plausible.
Mostly a West Coast phenomenon
Minor earthquakes happen all over including New York state, but are less frequent and lower on the rector scale than along the San Andreas Fault in California, due to the movement of tectonic plates underneath continents. Shifting of tectonic plates stick and then bend and twist building up pressure until the rock below the earth releases the pressure and the land bursts. When this happens beneath the ocean, this explosive reaction between land masses causes tsunamis.
San Francisco 1989 Earthquake
In Western New York, we first witnessed earthquake devastation when our family tuned into Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s at Candlestick Park. We hoped to teach our youngest brother about the American game of Baseball.
ESPN report on the 1989 World Series Earthquake:
The horror that still stands out in my mind is the picture of the San Jose bridge split in two.
1989 San Fransisco Earthquake shows a picture of the bridge.
Earthquakes on the up-rise?
Many Christian doomsday sites assert the number of earthquakes are on the up-rise thus fulfilling the prophecy written in the New Testament:
[Mathew 24:7-8 Amplified Bible] 7] For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place; 8] All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the [c]birth pangs [of the [d]intolerable anguish].
Geologists maintain that the number of earthquakes on planet Earth remains at a stable number. It merely seems like there are more tremors due to the greater number of earthquakes in populated areas around the globe and high media coverage due the densely populated area.
Great Links to Study Earthquakes:
Earthquake Hazard Program from the US Geographical Society who monitor earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides.
Earthquake Alert is a Firefox add-on that reports the latest quake when it happens.