San Andreas Fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, expert says

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May 2016LOS ANGELES, CA Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach. The San Andreas Fault is one of California’s most dangerous, and is the state’s longest fault. Yet for Southern California, the last big earthquake to strike the southern San Andreas was in 1857, when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured an astonishing 185 miles between Monterey County and the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles.
It has been quiet since then — too quiet, said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center. “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,” Jordan said in the opening keynote talk. Other sections of the San Andreas fault also are far overdue for a big quake. Further southeast of the Cajon Pass, such as in San Bernardino County, the fault has not moved substantially since an earthquake in 1812, and further southeast toward the Salton Sea, it has been relatively quiet since about 1680 to 1690.
Here’s the problem: Scientists have observed that based on the movement of tectonic plates, with the Pacific plate moving northwest of the North American plate, earthquakes should be relieving about 16 feet of accumulated plate movement every 100 years. Yet the San Andreas has not relieved stress that has been building up for more than a century. Jordan said it’s important that California focus on becoming resilient to a potential huge earthquake, one as strong as a magnitude 8. He praised Los Angeles’ plan to require earthquake retrofits on apartment and concrete buildings, pushed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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“It’s remarkable that this happened,” Jordan said. “We know politically how difficult it is to make these kinds of changes.” Other areas of focus have included strengthening Los Angeles’ vulnerable aqueduct systems and its telecommunications networks. A 2008 U.S. Geological Survey report warned that a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault would cause more than 1,800 deaths, 50,000 injuries, $200 billion in damage and severe, long-lasting disruptions. Among the predicted problems: The sewer system could be out of commission for six months.
Such an earthquake could cause shaking for nearly two minutes, with the strongest shaking in the Coachella Valley, Inland Empire and Antelope Valley, but it also could send pockets of strong shaking into areas where sediments trap shaking waves, such as the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles. Even though the San Andreas fault does not go directly into Los Angeles, the city is expected to be heavily shaken by a large earthquake on that fault. For instance, simulations of a possible magnitude-7.8 San Andreas fault that begins at the Salton Sea and spreads west toward the San Gabriel mountains show seismic shaking waves “bent into the Los Angeles area,” Jordan said. One video shows strong ground shaking stretching from northern San Diego County to Barstow. –Los Angeles Times

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2 Responses to San Andreas Fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, expert says

  1. sharilynne says:

    Experts have been saying these very words for 10 years at least. Yet nothing happens. Maybe I’m just noticing things a little more, but there has been a recent increase in earthquake insurance advertising. Connection? I really don’t know. I am though concerned though because we are overdue, If people saw how close the water aquaducts are to the San Andreas faultline, they would take this as serious as I do.

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    • Yellow Bird says:

      they have made the prediction for at least 45 years if not longer. i grew up there in the early 1970s, i can remember timed earthquake drills in school “get under your desks children, heads down & hold the table legs” i suppose it was good practice…

      at any rate, the area has not had any good sized shakers since Northridge… yep, i’d agree the region is overdue. and more overcrowded than ever! a bad mix…

      interesting you’ve observed an increase in the advertising there… here in the PacNW, lately we are having lots of PSA’s and little news briefs that basically accomplish the same thing… “disaster preparedness” is definitely a hot pc buzzphrase lately

      i dont know how anyone could properly “be prepared”. makes sense to do one’s best to try… but still, all theory before the event. there is a very lucrative new industry tapping into it… i feel humankind is given a certain instinctual awareness, something waking in most of us at a deep, cellular, psychic, and spiritual level… but some who perceive it only as the next great business opportunity.

      probably, it was the same in the time of No’h. at least Jesus did say there would be a great similarity

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