Earthquake-RoadWith about 60 percent of the state now limping through the worst categorical level of drought on record, California faces an unprecedented water crisis that, besides triggering shortages, stands to greatly influence the availability of fresh produce nationwide. And as far as its own residents and the residents of nearby states are concerned, there is an additional threat also waiting in the wings: the increased likelihood of earthquakes. A new study published in the journal Nature raises some serious questions about the stability of California now that underground aquifers are plunging to record lows. All throughout the Central Valley, which grows most of the nation’s lettuce, almonds and other produce, more water is being pumped out of the ground than is being put back in, a phenomenon that researchers say is causing the ground to shift. MORE