Some experts warn that Los Angeles is not ready to deal with a catastrophic earthquake. If the "big one" - meaning a quake of magnitude 7.5 or higher - were to hit tomorrow, experts say Californians would see that the state is "woefully unprepared."

Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says a major earthquake could damage half the buildings in the city. Jones says "although our buildings probably won't kill people, they will probably not be usable" in the aftermath.

CalTech has developed an early-warning system that could alert people up to 45 seconds before an earthquake hits. Jones notes that even a few seconds of warning could be the difference between life and death.

Though the system could be up and running across the West Coast within two years, state or federal officials have balked at the $16 million annual price tag.

Jones argues that Japan and Mexico have invested the money, but only after major earthquakes left thousands of people dead.

"I just really hope that we can be the country that goes to the system before we kill everybody," said Jones.

Watch the full report above from Will Carr.