Cal­i­for­nia tremors raise fears of the ‘Big One’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Cal­i­for­nia may be hit by a strong earth­quake, af­ter ge­ol­o­gists dis­cov­ered a suc­ces­sion of tremors.

The Cal­i­for­nia Emer­gency Ser­vices Of­fice is­sued a warn­ing af­ter fears the rum­blings may trig­ger a larger quake af­fect­ing south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, in­clud­ing Los An­ge­les, San Diego and San Bernardino.

The tremors, three to seven miles be­neath the Sal­ton Sea north of San Diego, started about 4am on Sept 26 and lasted more than 24 hours. Three of them mea­sured above a mag­ni­tude of four.

Data showed about a 1% chance of a quake of mag­ni­tude seven or greater hit­ting within the next week. Such a dis­as­ter could kill 1,800 peo­ple and cost US$200 bil­lion (RM824.9 bil­lion) in dam­age, ac­cord­ing to a sim­u­la­tion. How­ever, the like­li­hood of such a quake de­creases with each day.

It is the third time such tremors have hap­pened in the area since sen­sors were in­stalled in 1932.

The last time Sal­ton Sea quakes brought dev­as­ta­tion was in 1987 when a 5.9-mag­ni­tude quake hit San Gabriel Val­ley. – The In­de­pen­dent

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