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thinking of moving to San Diego-any input from locals/visitors

thinking of moving to San Diego-any input from locals/visitors

Old Dec 29th, 2001, 08:15 AM
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thinking of moving to San Diego-any input from locals/visitors

Currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky and and am looking for a big change. No family/kids-still in my 20's. Is San Diego really paradise-like?? Am especially worrried about earthquakes-are they frequent?? What's a good area to start up in??
Old Dec 29th, 2001, 10:22 AM
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Earthquakes are not a common occurence in San Diego. But if you're the type you is too afraid of an earthquake to move to California, I don't see you lasting long with the traffic and cutthroat business types.

And don't even get me started on the rising unemployment rates and high housing costs.

But then again it is paradise if you have a high paying job and pay the price of living the lifestyle.
Old Dec 29th, 2001, 02:39 PM
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I can't remember there ever being an earthquake in San Diego, not sure if it's on a fault line or not -- I suppose some resident can say. It's safer in that regard than LA or San Francisco. I lived in California about 15 years in LA and never liked San Diego very much and nobody I know did either (granted a small group) in their 20s and 30s, at least not for living, it's ok for a few days on vacation, especially if you have kids, or if you're older. I just think it's really boring. Sort of has all the disadvantages of a very big city but no advantages. I don't think it's nearly as interesting as other large California cities. I don't see anything paradise-like about it, except it has good weather.
Old Dec 30th, 2001, 09:52 AM
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San Diego is a fun city with excellent weather and within easy driving distance of the desert, LA, Palm Springs, Mexico, and skiing. the main problem is the cost of living is very high. There hasn't been a major earthquake, but there are faultlines all over the area, and tremors quite often. Most people, such as the posters above tend to not even notice the tremors unless they see the hanging lights swinging. I wouldn't let that stop you.
Old Dec 30th, 2001, 05:48 PM
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Earthquake data for San Diego from the SD Museum of Natural History site:

Like the rest of southern California, San Diego County has a number of active earthquake faults. These faults generally run in a northwest-southeast direction and are the product of crustal stresses associated with movement of the Pacific and North American lithospheric plates.

From east to west the major active faults consist of the San Jacinto, Elsinore, La Nacion, and Rose Canyon faults onshore and the Coronado Bank, San Diego Trough, and San Clemente faults offshore. Often the traces of these faults are marked by river valleys and canyons such as in the Lake Henshaw area where the Elsinore Fault passes along the northeast shore of the lake, or in Balboa Park where the small Florida Canyon Fault passes along the western slope of the canyon and beneath the parking lot of the Naval Hospital.

Since 1984 earthquake activity in San Diego County has doubled over that of the preceding 50 years. In modern times the strongest recorded quake (seismographs were not developed until 1934) in coastal San Diego County was the M5.3 temblor that occurred on 13 July 1986 on the Coronado Bank Fault, 25 miles offshore of Solana Beach.

Historic documents record that a very strong earthquake struck San Diego on 27 May 1862, damaging buildings in Old Town and opening up cracks in the earth near the San Diego River mouth. This destructive temblor was centered on either the Rose Canyon or Coronado Bank faults and descriptions of damage suggest that it had a magnitude of about 6.0.

In recent years there have been several earthquakes recorded within the Rose Canyon Fault Zone as it passes beneath the city. Three temblors shook the city on 17 June 1985 (M3.9, 4.0, 3.9) and a stronger quake occurred on 28 October 1986 (M4.7).

Ongoing field and laboratory studies suggest the following maximum likely magnitudes for local faults: San Jacinto (M6.4 to 7.3), Elsinore (M6.5 to 7.3), Rose Canyon (M6.2 to 7.0), La Nacion (M6.2 to 6.6), Coronado Bank (M6.0 to 7.7), San Diego Trough (M6.1 to 7.7), San Clemente (M6.6 to 7.7).

Old Jan 2nd, 2002, 09:59 AM
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lived there for 10 years. recently left due in part to the cost of living. my rent for a studio apartment was going up to over $800. my income was only about $24,000 and it was too tough. if you can get a job with a high was AND you can find a place to live...it is a great place. as mentioned above, you can be in snow in the morning and on the beach in the afternoon. i loved having vegas (5 1/2 hours) and palm springs (2 1/4 hours) so accessible and heading down to mexico for dinner was a blast. people who have come from l.a. or new york say the night life is dull so if you are into theaters or having places open all night long - it is not the right city for you. but, if you like the outdoors, enjoying the beach and have the money - it's wonderful. the freeway system is good there and the traffic was not much of an inconvenience to me in 10 years (unlike l.a.). felt about 3 earthquakes while if lived there - results of ones stationed in other parts of california - yes they are scary but an adventure too. we were not the epi centre so just had a minute or so of rumbling and then a few aftershocks.
Old Jan 2nd, 2002, 12:06 PM
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Malisha a good area to start up is www.condenast.com where perhaps they'd put up with you.



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