By CBSLA Staff

SALTON CITY (CBSLA) — A swarm of minor earthquakes underneath the Salton Sea have increased the possibility of an even stronger temblor due to its close proximity to the San Andreas Fault, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

(credit: USGS)

Dozens of minor earthquakes, ranging from 2.0 to 4.6, shook the Salton Sea Monday. The swarm of earthquakes were centered about 8 miles from the southern end of the San Andreas Fault.

Earthquake swarms are not unusual in this area and have been previously recorded in 2001, 2009 and 2016, according to the USGS. Previously, such swarms remain active for up to 20 days, with an average duration of about a week.

In all likelihood, the USGS says there is 80% chance that the earthquakes will continue, but will decrease and none of them will exceed a magnitude-5.4 within the next seven days. However, there is also a 19% chance of a bigger earthquake, between a 5.5 or 6.9, and in the least likely scenario, there is a 1% chance of a magnitude-7.0 or higher earthquake within the next seven days.

The USGS says they continue to monitor the activity throughout the region.

Comments (17)
  1. sticknca says:

    It’s 2020 so…….

  2. USGS unionized government employee criminals

  3. Mitch Kendrick says:

    Good, we’re due for a major catastrophe, and it is 2020 so why not? Nothing should surprise us anymore. Be alert and be safe!

  4. rufusvondufus says:

    Maybe it will finally crack off and float out into the Pacific. Oh happy day!

  5. Mike says:

    Crossing fingers that Nevada will become beachfront property. But wait unlit pelosi, and other libs and crew are all there.

  6. Joannie says:

    These comments are worth reading the article.

    1. Lucille Gaither says:

      According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remains among you: fear ye not. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;…

  7. M.F. Gamesta says:

    1% chance a 7.0 is pretty high. I don’t think they used science to come up with that number.

  8. Robert Wilson says:

    73% of statistics are made up on the spot!

  9. Jeff S says:

    85% of all statistics are made up, on the spot!

  10. Cynthia says:

    The Earth quake will if it happens be localized. Study geology not Holly wood Earthquake movies as an earthquake lesson.

  11. Newest Engineer says:

    From USGS the most uneducated scientists on the planet text SPOT THE GLARING MISTAKE: “none of them will exceed a magnitude-5.4 within the next seven days. However, there is also a 19% chance of a bigger earthquake, between a 5.5 or 6.9, and in the least likely scenario, there is a 1% chance of a magnitude-7.0 or higher earthquake within the next seven days.”

    DHOOOOO!!!!!!!

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