Heightened Earthquake Alert Remains In Effect Until Tuesday For Southern California

SANTA ANA (AP) — Southern California residents should remain on heightened alert until Tuesday for the increased possibility of a major earthquake, officials said.

The warning by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services follows a series of small temblors deep under the Salton Sea, which is located on the 800-mile-long San Andreas fault, the Orange County Register reported Saturday.

Such warnings are typically issued once or twice a year, said Kelly Huston, the deputy director of crisis communications for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

The latest alert was issued after 142 temblors hit starting Monday near Bombay Beach at the southern end of the fault. Those quakes ranged from a magnitude of 1.4 to 4.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Scientists estimate the probability of a quake with a magnitude of 7.0 or higher on the southern San Andreas fault being triggered is as high as 1 in 100 and as low as 1 in 3,000. The average chance for such an earthquake striking on any given week is 1 in 6,000. That heightened probability will last through Tuesday.

Earthquakes along the San Andreas typically occur every 300 years, said Morgan Page, a geophysicist with the USGS. Earthquake Science Center, but the southernmost end of the fault hasn’t ruptured since 1690.

“There is significant stress stored on the southern end,” Page said.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation to develop a statewide warning system to inform Californians of impending earthquakes through their cellphones, radios and other devices.

“California is earthquake country,” said Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the state’s Office of Emergency Services. “We must always be prepared and not let our guard down.”

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One Comment

  1. Carla Horner says:

    Really till tue???….. Hmmmm I wonder who’s playing with the buttons????…

  2. omg the big one is coming another fear tatic like half of these jokers won’t know what to do waist if you tell me where are you going to run or hide from an earthquake get real a tornadoe perhaps a huuricane but we see how one reacts to those warnings ill be dead and long dead before any major event happens

  3. mona says:

    the 1906 quake was on the san andreas, so how could the last one have happened in 1690 if “Earthquakes along the San Andreas typically occur every 300 years and the last one was at the southernmost tip in 1690”

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