Hurricane Harvey is seen as a wake-up call of sorts for an earthquake disaster scenario that could be possible in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"Both natural disasters fundamentally alter daily life for months or years," the paper reported.
The long-awaited "big one" is an earthquake that could have a magnitude of 8.0 or more and be much larger than the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake of 1994, which killed at least 60 people and injured more than 9,000 people.
There are various cost estimates of the 1994 Northridge earthquake but the Insurance Information Institute estimates there was $20 billion in total property damage and other estimates put the total economic damage at nearly $50 billion.
Total economic damage from a reoccurrence of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, though, could total $95 billion to $155 billion, according to a 2014 report presented at a quake symposium.
By comparison, AccuWeather on Thursday estimated Harvey's cost at about $190 billion, which it noted is more than the combined economic impact of Katrina and Sandy. Harvey has resulted in massive flooding and led more than 30,000 people to flee to Texas shelters. Also, storm surges and winds destroyed large portions of Rockport, where the hurricane struck Friday.
The Times quoted from a 2008 federal and state government study that estimated a 7.8 temblor alone would be "so powerful that it causes widespread damage and consequently affects lives and livelihoods of all Southern Californians."