The authors of the Shakeout Scenario noted that although the particular earthquake scenario they modeled “may never happen . . . [b]ig earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault are inevitable, and by geologic standards extremely common, but probably will not be exactly like this one. The next very damaging earthquake could easily be on another fault. However, lessons learned from this particular event apply to many other events and could provide benefits in many possible future disasters.” In other words, the earthquake scenario the Shakeout authors imagined is not their prediction, but it provides a thorough analysis of one possible scenario, and the author’s findings have broad application for those interested in the subject.