In Southern California, Salton Sea Lake area, a series of earthquakes of varying magnitude and considering that the number of tremors in just a few days, more than 200 earthquakes, it has caused serious concern among American scholars.
The US Geological Survey has conducted studies in the area and discovered a new tectonic fault running parallel to the famous San Andreas Fault. Studies have shown that the new fault presents a great danger for Southern California.
A fault line runs directly under the sedimentary rocks of the Salton Sea Lake, and this fact, as well as the fact that previously allowed the scientists to detect it before in this area no significant quakes.
Over the past 1000 years in Southern California has already taken place over the powerful earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale. Such disasters occur with an interval of approximately 175 – 200 years. At least, this trend was before, but now everything has changed.
Scientist’s note that for the last 300 years in the southern San Andreas Fault is not recorded strong aftershocks, which means that he has long been ripe for a new cataclysm. The first sign of the beginning of the release of energy accumulated in the fault, just may be the recent earthquake under Lake Salton Sea, caused the formation of a new branch from the main San Andreas Fault.
The threat is not hypothetical but very real. This led scientists to appeal to the state authorities, who issued a warning about the likelihood of a powerful earthquake in Southern California. Scientists estimate that the magnitude of the tremors is not less than 7 points, and possibly higher.
Danger operated until October and luckily the cataclysm did not happen, but that does not mean that it will not be at all. Scientists warn that they cannot accurately predict the disaster date and can only warn residents that the San Andreas fault for a long time is ripe for a powerful earthquake. Currently, specialists are closely monitoring for newly discovered fault and assess all the possible risks for the local population in the event of a natural disaster.