Is California Worth the Risk?

California Worth the Risk? Absolutely, 30 million residents will say -- and they're no different from Americans who smoke, drive, hang glide, eat apples or fly DC-10s

There should be plenty to talk about this week at the annual conference of the Society for Risk Analysis. (Yes, there really is one.) The 800 or so actuaries, social scientists, lawyers and psychologists who are expected to attend will gather in -- what better place? -- San Francisco. They need only step outside their hotels to see a city that has become one vast society for risk analysis. All around the Bay Area these days, amid the tumbled roadways and jolted buildings left by the earthquake, people are asking themselves: Is it crazy to live on a fault line?

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