Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Laki, yeah, a lot of the buildings in Cali are earthquake-proofed but since the records for the natural gas pipelines are old and not well-kept, no one realized there were so many pre-WWII pipes. Apparently it had a hairline crack and the pressure just caused it to burst. Now begins the time-consuming process of finding the rest of them and replacing them.
It's pretty interesting because in CA and most of the west coast, something is considered old if it was built in the 1920's or 30's but then I go back to New England and see all the old churches and libraries that were built just after the Civil War and it's like, "CA doesn't know old."
All those old countries have such amazing history. It's sad to think about what's been lost because of wars, though. Some truly ancient history has been lost in Iraq because of the war there. :(