There's always something in the news to freak out about. Sensationalism never gets old in a 24 hour news cycle. One story by The New Yorker, about the possibility of an earthquake devastating the Northwest, will certainly give the crazy guy with the "Apocalypse is Near" sign something new to ramble on about.
What would happen if such an earthquake ravaged the Pacific Northwest? Everyone would be wearing jorts and bargaining with nugs. Plan accordingly with the Keep Earthquakes Weird field guide.