BIG ONE COMING? Scientists say 9.3magnitude quake possible after TEN tremors in ten days

Friday, June 17, 2016
By Paul Martin

A DEVASTATING 9.3 magnitude earthquake powerful enough to unleash a tsunami could strike the west coast of America after a series of tremors on a major fault line.

Fri, Jun 17, 2016

There have been ten medium-strength earthquakes in the California area, all within a localised radius, within the past ten days.

The latest struck yesterday, when a shallow magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported three miles from Yucca Valley, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

It occurred at 10.02 am local time at a depth of 1.2 miles, the USGS said.

The epicenter was nine miles from Desert Hot Springs, 18 miles from Palm Springs and 18 miles from Twentynine Palms.

It brings the total number of earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater centered nearby in the last 10 days to 10 – an average of one a day.

Emergency services were already preparing for how to deal with a terrible off-shore earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, further north off the west coast of America, when the Californian quakes started.

They were just completing their four-day major emergency test run when a 5.2 magnitude quake hit Borrego Springs, San Diego County, in California last Friday.

The mid-sized earthquake caused more than 200 aftershocks – some more than three on the richter scale – and could be felt from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border.

Egill Hauksson, a research professor of geophysics at Caltech, said of the 5.2 quake: “It was the biggest one for a while.”

A 3.1 magnitude quake followed on June 13, 14 miles from Borrego Spring according to the USGS.

The high number of force three or more quakes has led to fears of what may be to come.

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