Mon, Aug 9, 2021 | By John Schroeder
A response to Fauci’s interview this morning
Six years ago, earthquake swarms began to shake this popular ski resort in the Altas Sierras.
Residents and merchants remained unchained. “Californians are not afraid of earthquakes,” said Sam Walker, a restaurant owner.
But two years ago, scientists found evidence that an underground chamber of molten rock was creeping to the surface not far from the city. Alarmed, the U.S. Geological Survey issued a volcanic hazard alert, meaning the agency was monitoring a cause for concern in the area.
So far, there has been no eruption, but the economy in the Mammoth area has slumped, according to the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
Since the alert was issued, property values have fallen 20 to 70 percent, and the latest foreclosures are the talk of the town; new construction is down 75 percent; School enrollment is down 26 percent, and a city with 5,000 residents two years ago now has fewer than 3,000.
Science said the alert was issued, so the USGS did. Look what happened.
Alerts … warnings … guidance … mandates … communicate much more than “science” and risk estimates. That could be important to keep in mind.