"I think the state is beginning to grapple with this new risk that wasn't quite there (years ago)," he said Friday. "Earthquakes strike without warning. It's just so important that we not have our heads in the sand."
"We were very fortunate that this recent shaking was not more severe and that it was centered in sparsely populated areas," Pomeroy said. "But as with the earthquake that occurred along the Northern California coast earlier this month, and the Southern California earthquake swarm this fall, these events remind us that we live in earthquake country and that we all should take steps to be prepared."