In the interest of merely updating everyone on the ongoing earthquake saga in Southern California, I wanted to take a moment and share a discussion I had this afternoon with my contact at the USGS. Obviously, after the earthquakes in both Southern Colorado and Virginia, I was interested in hearing his thoughts on any connection to one another or possible seismic activity in So. Cal. Rest assured that there is absolutely ZERO need to worry about either EQ's impact on So Cal faults. They are on completely different tectonic plates and the simple fact of the Rocky Mountain range does not let stress transfer from one plate to another. The research is still out on whether they impacted each other, however there is very little research due to the infrequency of such events.
He assured me that we are at no greater risk today than we were at yesterday, but stressed the fact that the "due" date of a major event in So. Cal
is long overdue. So, remain prepared, do not get complacent, and remember that if you live in the So Cal area you're on the doorsteps of a major
LiveScience will be posting an article in September of 2011 regarding the looming risks of the "Big One" near Los Angeles. When it's available,
I'll make sure to post the link on this page. Apparently, the article will have some new information regarding research that has surfaced from the
Japan quake in March and New Zealand quakes over the last 12 months. I've been told that the article will include an increased risk table, formerly
99.7% of the "Big One" happening before the year 2038 (30 years from the original announcement) down to similar percentages within the next five
years. There has been a lot of research in the last 24 months of the effect of the draining of the Salton Sea and the lack of a "trigger" method on
earthquakes in that region. Unfortunately, it's all speculation until an event happens, however what I do know is that the last 5 years has been
extremely "active" in the region. Even dating back to the "Easter" earthquake two years ago in Northern Mexico.
Keep watching. Keep prepared. Keep calm.