San Andreas fault warnings again… is a big earthquake coming?

Salton Sea

We made it just three months since the last big, scary threat about the San Andreas fault made headlines before warnings about possible big earthquakes spread across California again.

In May, we learned that the National Earthquake Conference was referring to the fault as “locked, loaded and ready to roll.” Now, the U.S. Geological Survey is saying there are increased odds (1 in 3000 to 1 in 100) of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake being triggered on the Southern San Andreas fault through Oct. 4.

Umm, what?

A bunch of small earthquakes erupted near the Salton Sea for about 24 continuous hours at the beginning of this week, and more than 200 earthquakes were recorded. The L.A. Times reports that this has happened only twice since 1932, and this has been the largest swarm of earthquakes yet.

Yikes. Increased pressure near the San Andreas fault increases the likelihood of a major earthquake in Southern California, experts say. And if that’s not enough to freak you out, there are these last two sentences from the L.A. Times’ report:

“It’s possible that hundreds of brick and concrete buildings could fall, and even a few fairly new high-rise steel buildings. The death toll could climb to 1,800 people, and such an earthquake could cause 50,000 injuries and $200 billion in damage.”

Of course Californians who have known of the threat for years often believe San Andreas is the fault who cried wolf. But some people are legitimately worried.

Take a look at how people are reacting to the news so far.

 

[Source:-The Sun Diego Union Tribune]