California faces an imminent mega-quake that would register above 7.0 magnitude and trigger a devastating tsunami as well. Researchers at the Los Alamos National Lab discovered that southern California experiences an earthquake every three minutes in a new study announced this week. According to the research, a significant amount of ‘tiny’ earthquakes are often followed by a larger one.
Officials have already noted that California is experiencing a bizarre and mysterious “earthquake drought”.
A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of a meqa-earthquake hitting California has increased dramatically.
Studies have revealed that the powerful California faults have been strangely — almost impossibly — quiet for the last 100 years and could point to the highly-anticipated ‘Big One’.
Glenn Biasi and Kate Scharer said that the risk of an unprecedented, and destructive earthquake had dramatically increased due to the latest findings.
Dr Biasi said: “We should not see gaps of 100 years. The next century has to be busier than the last one.
“Our studies suggest that those probabilities are somewhat higher.”
The scientists from CalTech uncovered nearly two million previously unidentified tiny earthquakes that happened between 2008 and 2017.
However, the average person wouldn’t notice these tiny temblors, which range in magnitude between -2.0 and 1.7.
David Jackson, a California seismologist “We always need to be concerned about earthquakes,
Zach Ross, lead researcher on the study, hopes the findings will help officials notice the previously unknown temblors that precede major earthquakes.
He said: “The reason we’re interested in smaller earthquakes is because we don’t have enough large quakes on record to look at the long-term evolution of earthquakes and faults.
“The smaller earthquakes start to fill in all the gaps between the larger ones.”