Why Californians Secretly Love Earthquakes

While Destructive, Tremblers Have Been a Force for Progress and They Give Our Lives Meaning

Of all the lies Californians tell ourselves, one of the biggest is that we hate earthquakes.

The unspoken truth is that we love earthquakes, as well we should.

Don’t give the beaches and the warm weather all the credit. Earthquakes are the other natural phenomena that have made California great. And that’s not merely because the force of so many long-ago temblors sculpted our glorious mountains and valleys.

In this state, earthquakes play as many different roles as our finest Hollywood actors do. Quakes inspire us to dream while grounding us in …

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