Quake alert issued for Southern California

Posted October 02, 2016

The Salton Sea, which is about 150 miles east of Los Angeles, was the scene of a swarm of earthquakes earlier this week. However no fatalities were recorded.

And scientists are afraid quakes in that area could one day trigger a huge natural disaster.

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The United States Geological Survey said preliminary calculations indicate that, as of 12:00 pm on September 30 there is 0.006% to 0.2% chance (less than 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 500) of a magnitude 7 or greater quake being triggered on the Southern San Andreas Fault within the next seven days through October 7, with the likelihood decreasing over time.

"The early quake warning system will help save lives", said Senator Hill.

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Earthquakes are notoriously hard to predict, so we don't want to freak you out too much, but there is cause to be extra prepared for the next week or so. Geologists have determined the southern portion of the San Andreas-between the Salton Sea and San Luis Obisbo-historically produces a large natural disaster every 150 to 200 years. They hit in a seismic zone just south of where the mighty San Andreas fault ends. Troublingly, some of these cross-faults could be adding stress to the San Andreas Fault when they shift and grind deep underground.

Of course Californians who have known of the threat for years often believe San Andreas is the fault who cried wolf. Another possibility is that the Salton Sea swarm could cause the nearby San Jacinto fault system to rupture, which would in turn trigger the collapse of the San Andreas Fault. These little pokes can lead up to the "big one". "Really, at the end of the day, it is a great reminder to us that we live in quake country and that earthquakes can strike suddenly, violently and with no warning, so everyone's best bet is to be prepared prior to".

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Stay safe, Southern California. And powerful aftershocks larger than magnitude 7 pulverize the region, sending shaking into San Diego County and into the San Gabriel Valley. Such a quake would cause an estimated 1,800 deaths, 50,000 injuries, and over $200 billion in damage.