RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Inland areas of Ventura and Oxnard could be vulnerable to the effects of an earthquake-generated tsunami, according to computer models from seismologists at University of California, Riverside.
According to 3D models from seismologists from UCR and the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake on the Pitas Point and Red Mountain faults, located off the shore of Ventura, could cause a tsunami that would flood areas beyond the California Emergency Management Agency’s tsunami zone in less than 30 minutes.READ MORE: Memorial Service Held For Sandra Mizer, 13-Year-Old Killed In Lucerne Valley Hit-And-Run
“The hazard from earthquake-generated tsunamis in the Ventura/Oxnard area has received relatively little attention,” UCR graduate student Kenny Ryan said in a statement. And with the area’s relatively flat topography along the coast, a tsunami can “inundate that area quite effectively.”READ MORE: Ontario Attorney Sagi Schwartzberg Facing Federal Child Porn Charge
Researchers say faults in the Ventura basin of Southern California are capable of generating earthquakes of magnitude 7 or greater, as well as significant local tsunamis.
But UCR seismologists say this is just one scenario from their model, to illustrate the usefulness of rupture modeling in determining tsunami inundation.MORE NEWS: Cal ISO Issues Flex Alert For Thursday Due To Heat Wave
“Our models simply give an indication of what may be possible in this region,” Ryan said.