New Earthquake Fault Line Found Near San Andreas Fault

Posted: Oct 7 2016, 8:15am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 7 2016, 8:18am CDT , in Latest Science News

New Earthquake Fault Line Near San Andreas Found in Southern California
Scripps geologist Neal Driscoll taking measurements of the onshore sediment layers along the eastern edge of the Salton Sea. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Potential Earthquake Region Found Parallel to San Andreas Fault in Southern California

It looks like a potential earthquake region has been found in close proximity to the San Andreas Fault.

Researchers have found a new fault line going through the eastern edge of the Salton Sea. This lies on the same lines as the San Andreas Fault. This announcement was made this week by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

It comes at the end of nearly 200 mini tremors around the Southern Californian region. There is now anxiety about the “huge shake-up” that might take place any moment. There is always a possibility of this big catastrophe taking place suddenly out of nowhere.

The main individual who spearheaded the study that looked into this phenomenon is Valerie Sahakian. She said that the newly termed Salton Trough Fault has no links with the recent quakes in the region.

As for the time of the announcement, it is merely a coincidence. The swarm however did increase the chances of a larger earthquake that might or might not take place. However, officials spoke of how by now the risk was next to nil. Whether this is actually the case remains a moot point.

The biggest quake in the multiple ones that struck the region had a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter Scale. On Wednesday, two lesser earthquakes hit the region south of where the 200 mini tremors took place.

Any links with the Salton Trough Fault are still being questioned. More studies need to be done before a final conclusion could be reached. For one thing, new faults are becoming less common in Southern California.

This one though was a tough phenomenon to spot since it took place beneath the waterways in the region. The study took place as a joint effort which was made by several agencies.

Once further research takes place, the data gathered will be put to good use in gauging the fault’s length and exact locus of control. This can aid in finding out the danger posed by the earthquake that everybody is talking about.

According to the records, over the past millennium, the southern end of the San Andreas Fault has seen some pretty heavy duty earthquakes. These have occurred every 175 to 200 years.

However, since the past three centuries, no such event has transpired. Therefore, there is probably no need to worry. Maybe all that Southern Californians have to fear is fear itself.

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