Once Again A Heightened Earthquake Alert for Los Angeles
An Earthquake reckoning with ‘The Big One’ in Southern California along the San Andreas longest fault and one of the most dangerous. According to a leading scientist who said, “The southern California section of the San Andreas fault is now primed for an earthquake to occur.”
Yesterday (11/20/16) Fox News Chief Correspondent Johnathan Hunt said, “Some pretty stark warnings and we haven’t had a big one along the Southern section since 1857. There’s obviously been a lot of recent earthquake activity around the world that has occurred. The San Andres fault is long over due. It is that southern section near Los Angeles; the suburbs of LA. Thomas Jordan, Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center said, “The springs on the San Andres system have been wound very very tight and the San Andreas fault in particular looks like it has been locked, loaded and ready to go.”
A recent study by federal, state and academic researchers showed that much of the fault could unzip all at once, unleashing a rare, singular catastrophe. Now, insurers have used that research to come up with a new analysis of the damage that could be caused by statewide break of the San Andreas.
The analysis, by CoreLogic Inc., a real-estate analytics firm in Irvine, Calif., lays out an alarming scenario of destruction.
As many as 3.5 million homes could be damaged in an 8.3-magnitude quake along a roughly 500-mile portion of the fault—compared with 1.6 million homes damaged if only the northern part of the fault were to break, or 2.3 million if the southern piece ruptured.
The damage to homes alone could total $289 billion, compared with a previous range of $137 billion on the southern portion of the fault and $161 billion in the north, according to the CoreLogic analysis.
Researchers say a statewide quake above 8.0 would likely hit the Golden State once at least every 2,500 years. “We are talking about very rare earthquakes here,” said Maiclaire Bolton, a seismologist and senior product manager for CoreLogic.
For more information on a previous article: 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.”