Series of earthquakes were reported all over the world recently. It seems that these earthquakes won’t stop any time soon. Moreover, a big disaster is going to happen in California.
The last major tremor occurred in 1857 when rumbles along the San Andreas fault caused a 7.9 magnitude earthquake which wreaked havoc for a staggering 185 mile stretch.
However, it has been unusually quiet since, but fears are now mounting that something big is building beneath the surface which could claim thousands of lives and destroy a similar amount of homes.
Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, said at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach: “The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight.
“And the southern San Andreas fault, in particular, looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go.”
Mr Jordan stated that plenty of areas of the San Andreas fault are long overdue for a quake, and highlights the Cajon Pass where the fault has barely moved since 1812, and the Salton Sea, where it has laid dormant since 1690, meaning that a huge earthquake could strike soon.
He emphasised that the State of California prepares itself for a mega-quake which registers at eight on the Richter scale which could cause widespread devastation.
In 2008, a report from the US Geological Survey said that a 7.8 earthquake lasting just two minutes on the southern San Andreas fault – which is 810 miles in total – would result in 1,800 deaths, 50,000 injuries, $200billion (£138bn) in damage and lengthy disruptions to the surrounding areas.
Nonetheless, he was quick to praise Los Angeles’ strategy to build earthquake retrofits on apartments and concrete buildings.