In view of the $210-million damage of the Oct. 1 earthquake, the seven quake-related deaths and injuries to many others followed by more than 20 aftershocks registering 3 or more on the Richter scale, I anticipated an outpouring of public indignation at the news on Oct. 23 that "an underground nuclear weapons test jolted the Nevada desert floor and sent tremors through tall buildings in Las Vegas." (Part I, Oct. 24).
The blast, the 13th announced U.S. nuclear test this year, was "more than 11 times the force of the atomic bomb that devastated Hiroshima in World War II."
But there was no outpouring. The Times carried the story on page 14. TV announcers gave the story a perfunctory mention. There were no editorials, no public outcry.
Some 10 million people in Southern California are living in a geographic area laced with faults, some not even identified. California and Nevada are the most vulnerable states in the union subject to earthquake roulette. We have been repeatedly alerted, if not outright alarmed, by the media that at some time in the indeterminate future we can expect an 8-plus shaker of monumental impact.