Southern California on alert for major earthquake
Scientists say Cali’s long overdue for a major quake
SALTON SEA, CALIFORNIA — People across southern California are on heightened alert for a major earthquake this week, reported the Orange County Register, citing officials.
More than 200 earthquakes detected in the Salton Sea last week raised concerns a large earthquake may soon strike parts of California.
The Salton Sea quakes temporarily raised the chances of a large earthquake occurring between 0.004 percent and one percent, reported the NBC Los Angeles. The chances of it happening are normally between 1 in 6,000.
In 2008, experts reportedly came up with a scenario — called the “Big One” — where the San Andreas fault would rupture and the ensuing 7.8 magnitude earthquake would claim 1,800 lives and wound 50,000 people.
The San Andreas fault hasn’t ruptured in over three centuries, and scientists say California is long overdue for a major quake, reported the Ventura County Star.
A road fractured by a last year’s powerful earthquake in Nepal. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / KRISH DULAL
A photo from the 1959 Yellowstone earthquake shows a state highway slumped in Hebgen lake in Montana. USGS PHOTOGRAPHIC LIBRARY VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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