CuriousJockAZ saidIt's inevitable that a BIG ONE is coming to California -- probably sooner rather than later as they are way overdue. The scary thing is I would bet they are not even a fraction as prepared for such an epic event as the Japanese were.
As being from California as well, I would say you're probably right. The Japanese have the strictest codes here regarding earthquake preparedness. But also in education and general disaster preparedness. They learned their lessons after the big Kobe quake.
When the buildings were shaking on Friday, I was afraid buildings would topple over (including the one I was in). But remarkably, Tokyo stood. Buildings swayed like mad, and knocked us around, but they withstood an 8.9M earthquake!! Unbelievable. A testament to their diligent research, ingenious design, and implementation over the years.