Heightened Earthquake Alert For Southern California After A Series Of Tremors:
After a series of 142 temblors (a tremor; earthquake) that were detected on Monday by USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) near Bombay Beach at the southern end of the fault, there is now a warning for people to prepare themselves in case of the eventuality of an earthquake occurring. The USGS said, “these 142 temblors ranged from a magnitude of 1.4 to 4.3”.
The heightened probability will last through Tuesday as scientists estimate the probability of an earthquake as high as 7.0 or higher being triggered by the chances as 1 in 100 and as low as 1 in 3,000 on the southern San Andreas fault. The average chance for such an earthquake striking on any given week is 1 in 6,000.
Morgan Page, a geophysicist with the USGS said, “Earthquakes along the San Andreas typically occur every 300 years. There is significant stress stored on the southern end.”
What you have here is 142 smaller earthquake’s throughout the fault line that indicates the amount of the stress on the fault line; therefore making it much more weaker and vulnerable for a larger earthquake to occur beneath the earth’s surface. Another way to describe this, say you have two plates of earth side by side; one plate begins to shift and the force of that plate breaks the union causing the plates to shift suddenly (earthquake). ©Natalie Keshing
The fault line runs underneath the desert. If the hardest impact of the shift of earth’s plates occurs there then the impact is less likely to endanger people’s lives.
With these kinds of odds, this indicates a very compelling high probability and people need to be warned and especially prepared.
“Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation to develop a statewide warning system to inform Californians of impending earthquakes through their cellphones, radios and other devices.”
“California is earthquake country,” said Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the state’s Office of Emergency Services. “We must always be prepared and not let our guard down.”
Stay tuned for more information.