California earthquake hits Seven Trees as FIVE strike along ‘Big One’ San Andreas fault

Friday, January 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

FIVE earthquakes have been recorded along California’s San Andreas fault in just a matter of hours amid a surge in seismic activity in the region – prompting fears the ‘Big One’ could soon strike.

Fri, Jan 26, 2018

While all of the earthquakes measured 4 and below on the Richter Scale, smaller quakes often come ahead of bigger ones and concerns are mounting about the Big One, a hypothetical earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater that is expected to happen along the San Andreas Fault.

The name stems from a 1990 made-for-TV movie that depicts a huge earthquake that destroys all of Los Angeles.

The last few quakes along the San Andreas fault have measured 4.0, 3.1, 2.9, 2.8 and 2.6, and come just hours after a much larger 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the California coast.

The quake struck around 100 miles off the coastline of northern California and residents in Ferndale reported feeling the quake, but no damage or injuries have been reported.

The San Andreas fault which runs through the state is known to be particularly prone to earthquakes.

The state has been rocked by massive quakes multiple times over the years and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the tsunami and wildfires that followed claimed the lives of more than 3,000 lives.

California is located on the Ring of Fire, a huge area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur.

The Ring of Fire has been particularly volatile in recent days, with a series of large earthquakes recorded.

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