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Data Center Risk in Earthquake Country: What’s a Business Continuity Planner to Do?

Written by  Molly Latham, CBCP, MBCI

In late 2005, I attended an executive briefing about earthquake risk in Southern California. The presenter was Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a visiting research associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech. Dr. Jones described the potentially widespread devastation that would result from a major earthquake in the region. The executives were very interested in her presentation. This was just a few months after Hurricane Katrina, and the specter of a large, regional catastrophe was on everyone’s mind.