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Silicon Valley: One Earthquake Away From IT Disaster?

The U.S. Geological Survey just increased its estimation for the chance of a massive earthquake striking California. And the potential impact on IT and the supply chain is scarier than any Hollywood movie.

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Potential IT Disruption Is Close To Home

Sometimes, it seems as if the IT industry and its supply chain is just one step away from a disaster.

Whether it's a flood in Thailand, a tsunami in Japan, or a worldwide flu pandemic, one of any number of different types of disasters brings with it the risk of breaking the supply chain.

However, one of the biggest potential IT disruptions lies closer to home: a massive earthquake along the San Andreas fault or another fault running under the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area.

Yes, it's true there are other earthquake-prone areas of the world including Japan and Taiwan where quakes have disrupted the IT supply chain. But only in Silicon Valley, home to companies such as Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard and Intel, is there such a high concentration of IT talent and intellectual property.

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