What will happen to Los Angeles when the big one strikes? The answer may be found at an earthquake site over 6,000 miles away. Examines why the 7.4 earthquake that struck Izmit, Turkey, killed over 17,000 people in 1999. Explains why even trained rescuers fight an impossible battle. Offers suggestions as to what Los Angeles must do to be better prepared for the earthquake that scientists see as inevitable, and to prevent this same tragedy from happening.