If you don't mind my asking, Scott, what state/region are you in?
I am in the greater Mississippi Flood Plain. That New Madrid Seismic Zone acts up one good time, we'll be seeing a lot of those images in about a third of the nation . . . . Like that 8.0+ that made Reelfoot Lake and caused the Mighty Mississippi to flow backward for a number of *days*. Chicago to New Orleans, Chattanooga to Dallas, Birmingham to Kansas City. The delays in logistics alone would be devastating, even for those in "unaffected" areas.
And it's been said that we're long overdue for a big one here . . . .
But they've been saying that for 20 years .. . .
It's always possible for a long-dormant fault to go off, and if/when that occurs if the area isn't prepared for it the consequences could be devastating. But I frequently hear people talking about how grateful they are that they don't live in California because of all the earthquakes and fires, which signals to me that they probably aren't all that familiar with the day-to-day (or even year-to-year) impact of living in an area prone to earthquakes and wildfires.
I mean, the drought caused many times more inconvenience for your average California resident than all the fires and earthquakes they've dealt with over the course of their lives, combined, and that inconvenience mostly manifested itself in browner lawns and having to ask for a glass of water when you sit down at a restaurant table.