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But Mark Benthien, outreach coordinator for the Southern California Earthquake Center, said the earthquake swarms are a result of the rift zone being split apart; not a sign that a volcanic eruption sequel is coming soon.
"It is volcanism, but it's over a broader range and deeper," he said. "It's not like magma coming up in a typical volcanic sense."
Benthien noted the Salton Sea region is well-monitored by scientists due to its geologic complexity and the nearby San Andreas fault.
"Long before any eruption were to happen, there would be a lot of evidence that something was happening -- and that evidence is not the earthquake swarms," he said.
Added Perry, "I would be much more concerned about the potential for the Big One on the San Andreas fault than the volcanism at the southern end of the Salton Sea."
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
I THINK I AM GETTING TREMOR NOW COMING IN
. Monitoring of earthquake activity began in the 1930s, and the dense seismic network installed in the 1970s is operated by the USGS and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The available data are insufficient to establish a pattern of volcanic activity to determine the likelihood of eruption. The high heat flow from the area and relatively young age of Salton Buttes, however, attest to the potential for future eruptions.