Is the San Jacinto Fault Due for a Major Earthquake?

Is the San Jacinto Fault Due for a Major Earthquake?

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside say the San Jacinto fault may cause the next big earthquake sooner than previously thought. Scientists have been using a new technology to track tectonic tremors inside the fault.

The San Jacinto fault crosses the southern edge of the Coachella Valley. It is not as large as the San Andreas fault, which scientists have been warning is gearing up to produce “the big one.” The San Jacinto fault is a fracture within the Pacific plate, whereas the San Andreas fault ecompasses the space where the North American and Pacific plates meet.

San Jacinto Fault More Active than San Andreas Fault

However, the San Jacinto fault has had more active earthquake activity than the San Andreas fault, according to Abhijit Ghosh, UC Riverside earthquake seismologist. In fact, a study conducted by CSU Northridge found that the 7.5 magnitude earthquake of 1812 actually began at the San Jacinto fault, then propagated to the San Andreas fault.

Scientists are still working to establish a link between tectonic tremors and earthquakes. UC Riverside researchers say further studies are needed to identify patterns that might help them more accurately predict earthquakes. In the meantime, Californians should make sure they are well prepared for a big earthquake in the near future.

“Living in California, we understand the earthquake risk is real. It’s important to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for the next big earthquake,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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