Over 80,000 Earthquakes Have Hit California Since July 4

Despite the slowdown in aftershocks, their continued existence is both interesting and concerning to some seismologists and observers. According to officials, the tremors are moving and they’re getting closer to two major earthquake faults—the Owens Valley fault to the northwest and the Garlock fault to the southeast.

And They’re Moving Toward Dangerous Faults

A staggering number of earthquakes have occurred after two of the strongest quakes to hit California in decades.

Ridgecrest, California

In early July 2019, two major earthquakes—measuring 6.4 and 7.1 on the Richter scale—hit Ridgecrest, California and left a 30-mile long scar across the surface of the Mojave Desert. A staggering number of earthquakes have been recorded in the aftermath of what were two of the strongest quakes to hit California in decades.

While the rate of aftershocks is finally beginning to slow, the U.S. Geological Survey says the chance of a magnitude 7 or higher earthquake happening as a result of the Ridgecrest event is 1 in 300—“possible, but with a low probability.” In comparison, there is a 1 in 10,000 chance that a magnitude 7.8 or higher quake will strike the southern San Andreas fault any given day.

According to Zachary Ross, Caltech assistant professor of geophysics, seismic activity is common in areas of the earth that experience a high heat flow.

Ridgecrest sits near the Coso Volcanic Field that lies within the borders of the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake—2.5 miles north of Ridgecrest. As it turns out, Coso is one of the largest producers of geothermal power in the United States.

Despite the slowdown in aftershocks, their continued existence is both interesting and concerning to some seismologists and observers. According to officials, the tremors are moving and they’re getting closer to two major earthquake faults—the Owens Valley fault to the northwest and the Garlock fault to the southeast.

Back in 1872, the Owens Valley fault triggered a magnitude 7.8-7.9 earthquake—one of the strongest in California’s modern record. The Garlock fault, while it may be lesser known, is capable of producing a magnitude 8.0 or higher quake.

We always worry when seismicity picks up very close to a major fault or if it’s at the end of a major fault,” Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said.

As it turns out, an earthquake doesn’t reduce the risk of a future earthquake—it actually increases it. And the spread is modeled a lot like a disease epidemic.

“It’s based on the idea on how a contagion spreads to a population,” Page said.

Every earthquake actually increases the probability of more earthquakes.”

And while it is true that quakes relieve some stress, we actually become less safe as a result because “redistribute the stress and can push other faults in the area to failure,” Page added.

The latest large aftershock occurred on Thursday at 5:42 p.m. just 16 miles from Ridgecrest, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. In the last 10 days, 68 earthquakes of a magnitude 3.0 or higher have occurred in the area.

Article produced by Emma Fiala | TheMindUnleashed.com

Author: James Williams

Former presenter at Express FM radio, James Williams created the discussion program ‘Men’s Matters’. This was transmitted via radio and the internet across the globe receiving listeners from as far away as Australia, Canada and the USA. He has appeared on live day time chats and produced pre-recorded interview based discussions covering a wide variety of topics (social, cultural, medical and political). He has also produced a number of videos for You Tube. As a former city councillor, James helped hundreds of clients sort out numerous issues such as child abuse, housing and transport. He was Chair of a committee that produced a report on child neglect in Portsmouth and, by himself, secured a unanimous vote from Portsmouth City Council in 2010 to establish Goodwill Day every year on 18th December (7 days before Christmas). This was intended to encourage ordinary people to extend the spirit of Christmas to the lonely and isolated. James’ creative thinking has seen him publish two sci-fi novels with more on the way. He is a student of ethics and founder of Dimensional Theory, a grand theory of inter-connectivity.

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