A ‘Megaflood’ in California: Last time was in 1862, experts say time is ticking before it happens again

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • A disastrous ‘megaflood’ flood in sunny and dry California? It’s happened before
  • While intense droughts, wildfires and earthquakes are typically the main concern across the West, the study released Friday warned of another crisis looming in California: “Megafloods.”
  • California has experienced severe floods throughout the 20th Century, including in 1969, 1986, and 1997. But a flood from farther in the past – the Great Flood of 1862 – is being eyed by researchers as the threat to California grows by the day.
  • In fact, the UCLA researchers studying “megafloods” say such storms typically happen every 100-200 years.
  • The Great Flood of 1862 would be much worse if it happened today
  • The region that was underwater in 1862 is now home to many more people than it was then — it’s home to some of California’s fastest-growing cities including Bakersfield and Sacramento.
  • Back then, the state’s population was about 500,000, but today it’s nearly 40 million.
  • The resulting disaster would cause an estimated $1 trillion in damage, the biggest disaster in world history, they say.

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