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The Big One is coming to Southern California?
This is a question that residents are asking after a “swarmageddon” of more than 1,000 minor earthquakes in the past three weeks in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, is just 40 miles to the east of the city of Los Angeles, california.
Even though some people may be familiar with California’s as a whole, as a magnitude 3 tremor is to be, the other day, on average – other people are frightened by the massive earthquake long predicted for the massive San Andreas fault may be about to come out.
According to the Los Angeles Times, experts believe that the recent swarm is not a precursor to a very destructive earthquake.
“I would have to re-define normal to be like,” You need to be prepared for a major earthquake,” U.s. Geological Survey research geophysicist, Andrea Llenos, told the newspaper. “We do know, however, that there was a great earthquake, it will happen, just not when or where.”
In September 2016, when scientists feared that a rapid succession of small earthquakes under the Salton Sea, in the vicinity of the San Andreas fault could spark a rupture in the fault, and producing a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck.
Fortunately, that did not happen.
“Any time you have an increase in the number of small earthquakes,” Llenos said, “well, you’re likely to increase the likelihood that a larger earthquake will happen.”
An aerial photograph of the San Andreas Fault. (Shutterstock)
Still, the experts also said that the fears may be excessive.
“The idea is that a small earthquake to make the Big One the less probably won’t work. And that’s the idea, that is sure to make it happen doesn’t work,” seismologist Lucy Jones told the Times. “An earthquake, there was a slight increase in the risk of having something worse to come, she added. “But most of all, it’s really great.”