A seismologist working on researching the recent earthquakes in Southern California said they have taken an unexpected turn, and that’s a reason to worry. Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson says residents should be alert and on their toes.
“People ought to be concerned,” said Hauksson of the earthquake swarm near the city of Fontana, California. “This is probably the most prolific swarm in that area of the Fontana seismic zone that we’ve seen in the past three decades.” This swarm of earthquakes has shown remarkable staying power in the area around the Southern California city, according to the LA Times.
The likelihood of a larger seismic event, given how many quakes that have occurred over such an extended period, is higher than normal, Hauksson said. The tremors could turn into a large and destructive quake, although the chances of that aren’t exactly sky high. For all intents and purposes, Hauksson has been rather vague on whether this will be a sizeable and destructive event.
“This is somewhat of an unexpected evolution,” Hauksson said Friday evening. An analysis of the earthquakes showed that activity as of late Friday was fading pretty slowly. Much slower than would be expected for a typical sequence of aftershocks following the main shock, Hauksson said. “That would suggest it’s going to continue for — I don’t know — at least several weeks,” Hauksson said Friday. “We’re watching what’s happening and trying to track that activity.”
By Saturday afternoon, earthquake activity had decreased significantly. “This is difficult to interpret, but it suggests that the sequence is now decaying somewhat similar to an aftershock sequence,” Hauksson said. “There will be fewer and fewer events as time goes on.”
Hauksson said the timing of the earthquakes is worth noting, however. The shaking was followed by a lull and then a spurt of new quakes and the earthquakes have been relatively shallow beginning just 1 to 2½ miles under the surface. As a result, the shaking has been widely felt, said Jen Andrews, a Caltech staff seismologist.
Hauksson said that, given all the seismic activity, residents should be ready and make sure to store “plenty of water, make sure there’s nothing that can fall on them.” Residents should be prepared because seismic swarms can be worrying, especially when they occur in areas known to have larger faults that are capable of unleashing catastrophic earthquakes.
Residents in the Fontana area said there is talk about how industrial wastewater ponds built in the last several years off of Jurupa and Beech avenues were drained recently, right around the time the quakes began.
Hauksson said there could be a connection if the pond water was pumped into the ground to a significant depth of at least 0.6 miles. But if the water was trucked away, he would not expect a relationship.
“This will require more research,” he said. It’s already been shown in Oklahoma that earthquakes can be triggered by water being pumped into the ground. –LA Times
Hopefully, even if no large quake occurs, the information will at least prompt some residents to prepare. In the even of a massive earthquake, mass migration away from the area will likely occur too. Be prepared for anything.
“If we have learned one thing studying the history of disasters, it is this: those who are prepared have a better chance at survival than those who are not.” –Tess Pennington, The Prepper’s Blueprint
Earth has never been safe, Earth is currently unsafe, Earth will continue to be unsafe. Forget about the natural occurrences you have absolutely no control over.
Why the fuck do you dwell on natural occurrences? You sound like a yapping Chihuahua.
I mean really, each minute are you hiding under a table in a fetal position fearing the death of the Sun?
If you are concerned about hurricanes… live in northern Canada.
If you fear Yellowstone tremors…
If you fear tornadoes…
The solution is simple, except for simpletons.
I have never needed a seismologist to tell me when to worry or not worry. If the ground shakes, I worry, regardless of what the seismologists say. This seismologist seems more honest than others who reassure us.
“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Shake, Rattle, And Roll”.
I dont see how a big earthquake in liberal country would be a problem.
Back in 2007 while in California visiting family I received a call from family telling me that my mother had just passed away. A few minutes later I felt the slight rumbling of an earthquake. The first such event I had ever felt and I tied the two events together.
This rock has been very stable for at least the last 10,000 years.
We think that this is the normal – It is not – Expect more frequent and powerful storms, Volcanos, earthquakes, abnormal tides
California, in fact almost the whole west coast, is a Communist country. Move to the deep South, where Men are Men and Women are still glad of it!
And if y’all do, watch out fur dem hogs n gators.
SW, have to laugh at this article too. My first thought, “Why would I worry about what would happen to California if the ‘big one’ hit?”. Sure would solve a lot of problems and feed a lot of fish.
Heartless, agreed about cali. They’re doomed in more than one way.
Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.
On Hogs and Gators,
I found it impossible to convince my wife that Florida
has the country’s largest privately owned Cattle ranch,
you can’t have that big of a gator problem everywhere.
She thinks they are everywhere.
Full disclosure; I’ve spend more time in FLA
than I care to admit to and I love gator balls.
One must have to dance very carefully at gator balls. Is wearing gator hide shoes or carrying a gator skin purse to this dance considered gauche or de rigueur?
Seminole Wind, great advice for the GOOD people still in Cali. Dems need not apply.
This is graduation time for high school and college students.
Congratulations on reaching this milestone in life. Remember to be careful when you are celebrating. Do not become intoxicated. Good luck to all of you out there.
Honeypot, if they graduated from a public school and are going to one of the commie colleges, they’re toast.
There was a 4.0 in Ohio today.
I just checked. CA is still there. Nothing to see here.
According to the following website:
CA has received the following 1.5+ magnitude quakes:
19 earthquakes in the past 24 hours
181 earthquakes in the past 7 days (25.9/day)
707 earthquakes in the past 30 days (23.6/day)
7,065 earthquakes in the past 365 days (19/day)
Now remember, the above data is for 1.5 or higher magnitudes while the news we’re hearing about are for ALL quakes apparently, including those below 1.5 magnitude.
But I guess I’m missing the big deal? 7 more quakes per day than the yearly average? Unless more smaller magnitude quakes pose a greater threat than fewer higher magnitude quakes?
Stay prepared is always good advice, regardless.
For those commenting on how great it’d be if CA fell into the ocean…there are those of us out here who aren’t left-wing liberal snowflakes who still believe in God, guns, love our country, wish gays would keep it in the closet, know abortion is murder, but who can’t (at this time) make the move away from this place.
And if I recall, God once promised to spare such a place if there were only 10 righteous there. (Genesis 18:32)
Why bother to warn anyone in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia to prepare? The Democrats in that state despise the whole idea of self-sufficiency and prepping. After all, prepping is the government’s job. There’s no reason to warn the leftists in Kalifornia of anything. It won’t alter their mindset and they will learn nothing. A better plan is to quietly let it happen and watch the communists fade from our collective memories. The conservatives will be just fine with or without a warning.
Who is worried????? Shake rattle and roll baby! Bring it on! Drop LA in the ocean!