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Poll Finds Most Californians Believe Big Quake Is Coming

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Sacramento, CA — A poll conducted for The Associated Press finds that seven in ten Californians believe a big earthquake will strike the state and affect them, but only 22 percent consider themselves well prepared.

About half of those surveyed said they view local, state and federal government as well prepared or somewhat prepared to provide disaster assistance after a significant earthquake.

The poll found broad confidence in the government´s efforts to shore up buildings, bridges, levees and other structures against earthquakes.

Eight in ten respondents characterized those efforts as excellent, good or fair. Respondents in Southern California were almost twice as likely to describe themselves as “well prepared” than those in the Northern part of the state.