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USNo, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault

21:00  06 july  2019
21:00  06 july  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

California governor says earthquakes are a 'wake-up call'

California governor says earthquakes are a 'wake-up call' The two major earthquakes that hit Southern California should alert people across the nation of the need to be prepared for natural disasters, the state's governor said as officials expressed relief that the damages weren't worse. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday that governments must strengthen alert systems and building codes, and residents should make sure they know how to protect themselves during an earthquake.

The Ridgecrest, California , quakes were nowhere near the San Andreas fault , but perhaps since it's the only fault line with a movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" The Southern California section of the San Andreas fault experiences about 10,000 earthquakes per year, but a large majority cannot be felt.

Strong quake shakes Southern California ; no immediate reports of damage. A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Southern California near the city of Ridgecrest, some 200 miles (320 km) northeast of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday.

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When the magnitude-6.4 earthquake on the Fourth of July was followed by an even bigger 7.1 quake Friday night, talk of the "Big One" became inevitable and Google searches for "San Andreas fault" skyrocketed.

The Ridgecrest, California, quakes were nowhere near the San Andreas fault, but perhaps since it's the only fault line with a movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson named after it, it's a bit more top of mind.

Seismologist Lucy Jones took to Twitter to clear things up, explaining that the first quake took place about 10 miles from Ridgecrest — "an area with a lot of little faults but no long fault."

Earthquakes ravaged Los Angeles and San Francisco. So, what spared this city in the California desert?

Earthquakes ravaged Los Angeles and San Francisco. So, what spared this city in the California desert? The isolated California city of Ridgecrest saw minimal damage despite being close to the epicenter of two major earthquakes.

A swarm of earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault , the largest measuring a 4.1 magnitude, rumbled through the Hollister area and the Salinas Valley Friday morning. CBS San Francisco, citing officials, reports the quakes rattled nerves but caused no major damage. According to the U.S

(MORE: Massive Earthquake Will Hit San Andreas Fault Near Los Angeles in Next 30 Years). A study published earlier this year concluded that the land on either side of the San Some California cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have boosted safety regulations for older buildings.

As for whether the Big One is coming, she estimated "there's about a 1 in 10 chance that Searles Valley will see another M7. That is a 9 in 10 chance that tonight's M7.1 was the largest."

San Andreas myths debunked

The mere mention of the San Andreas fault evokes images of disaster – collapsed freeways, crunched-up buildings and chasms cutting across the earth. And while the San Andreas fault’s history includes several disastrous earthquakes, the day-to-day reality of the geographic feature is far less sensational. The Southern California section of the San Andreas fault experiences about 10,000 earthquakes per year, but a large majority cannot be felt.

July 4th earthquake won't delay the Big One. And it might have worsened quake strain

July 4th earthquake won't delay the Big One. And it might have worsened quake strain Does a good-size earthquake help relieve pent-up seismic stress? Does that postpone the day of reckoning when the Big One finally arrives? 

The San Andreas Fault slipped by as much as 20 feet (six meters) in this earthquake . Major earthquakes thus typically occur with no immediate warning whatsoever, and mitigating risks California ’s earthquake drought. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was the last quake greater

California earthquake LIVE: Latest update along San Andreas fault as series of shocks hit. CALIFORNIA has been rocked by a fresh earthquake measuring 3.4 in New earthquakes have hit California and Alaska after seismic activity remains unpredictable along the San Andreas fault line.

No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault
No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault

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The San Andreas fault is an 800-mile fault zone that cuts through much of California from the Mendocino coast in the north to the San Bernardino Mountains in the south. It's where the Earth's Pacific plate and North American plate meet, moving in opposite directions and resulting in a net movement that has averaged 2 inches per year. At that rate, Los Angeles and San Francisco will become neighbors in about 15 million years.

The 2015 movie “San Andreas” depicted a “mega-quake” with a magnitude higher than 10 Scientists say there is no known fault on Earth capable of producing an earthquake of magnitude 10 or larger. Models show that the largest-magnitude earthquake San Andreas could probably produce is around 8.3.

Contributing: Joanne Thomas, Leaf Group, a USA TODAY content partner providing general travel information. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY.

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