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University of California at Irvine and Arizona State University scientists examined the geological record stretching back 700 years along the fault line 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Los Angeles.
They found that strong earthquakes -- between 6.5 and 7.9 magnitude -- shook the area every 45-144 years, instead of the previously established 250-400 years.
Since the last big 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck southern California in 1857, or 153 years ago, scientists believe the next...
"There are storm clouds gathered on the horizon. Does that mean it's definitely going to rain? No, but when you have that many clouds, you think, ?I'm going to take my umbrella with me today.? That's what this research does: It gives us a chance to prepare," she said.
Originally posted by Big Raging Loner
Small earthquakes help alleviate pressure building up. It would be more troubling if there were no earthquakes occurring this would mean friction was building. The fact that the plates are moving little by little suggests to me that there won't be a big one anytime soon.
Originally posted by sticky
I visit that page, (specifically the coordnates 35N W120) every single day.
I moved from there in 2006, and nearly "ALL" of my friends and family ones are still there.
News like this scares me.
[edit on 21-8-2010 by sticky]