‘Swarmageddon’ of over 1,000 small earthquakes in less than a month sparks fresh fears of a megaquake in Southern California

Thursday, June 20, 2019
By Paul Martin

San Bernardino and Riverside counties have seen hundreds of quakes in 3 weeks
Spike in small earthquakes can slightly raise chances of a larger one, experts say
For now, however, scientists monitoring region say chances of big event are slim

By CHEYENNE MACDONALD
DAILYMAIL.COM
20 June 2019

A spate of small earthquakes in Southern California is giving seismologists yet another opportunity to remind residents that they must always be prepared for the next big event.

While small earthquakes magnitude 3 and under are almost a daily occurrence, a recent swarm has produced more than 1,000 temblors over the last three weeks, sparking fears that something more destructive may be on the way, according to the LA Times.

Experts thankfully say that’s likely not the case this time – but, they warn a big earthquake in the region is ultimately inevitable.

The swarm has given rise to hundreds of quakes throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties in recent weeks, LA Times reports.

The swarm has given rise to hundreds of quakes throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties in recent weeks, LA Times reports.

It’s reminiscent of activity near the San Andreas Fault three years ago that had some scientists on edge for a possible large triggered earthquake.

While that never happened, a spike in small earthquakes can raise the chances of a bigger event, albeit only slightly.

Scientists say people living in the earthquake-prone state should always be prepared.

‘I would redefine normal as: you should still be prepared for a large earthquake,’ Andrew Llenos, a research geophysicist with the US Geological Survey, told the LA Times.

‘We do know a big earthquake is going to happen’ at some point in the future.

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