California has weathered wildfires, landslides, flooding, winter storms, severe freezes and tsunami waves. But earthquakes are the disaster perhaps most closely associated with the nation's most populous state. The worst quakes in recent years have included a magnitude 6.9 quake near San Francisco in 1989 that killed 63 and a magnitude 6.7 quake in Southern California in 1994 that killed 61.
Major disaster declarations since 1953: 79
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency