Strongest earthquake in decades a reminder that California is "way overdue" for the "big one," expert says

www.cbsnews.com | 7/5/2019 | Staff
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A Southern California county is shaken after the region's strongest earthquake in 20 years damaged homes, sparked fires and injured several people. The good news about Thursday's 6.4-magnitude quake, according to CBS News contributor and physicist Michio Kaku, is that it happened in an unpopulated area of the Mojave Desert about 100 miles from the main San Andreas fault. The bad news? "The probability of a 'big one' hasn't changed at all," he said.

"We're playing Russian roulette with Mother Nature. You realize the last big earthquake to hit the L.A. segment of the San Andreas fault was 1680. That's over 300 years ago. But the cycle time for breaks and earthquakes on the San Andreas fault is 130 years, so we are way overdue. In any given year, the probability of the big one is 3% in any given year. Think about that," he said.

Seismologists - California - Earthquake - Days - Aftershocks

Seismologists in California are predicting another major earthquake may strike in the days ahead. There have already been more than 100 aftershocks in...
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