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California Could Produce 7.4 Earthquake

How many of you have experienced an earthquake? Shaky buildings and rumbling floors. It can be pretty frightening, right? Well, if you live in California, you could experience a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in the future.

A study released on Tuesday, March 7,by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, states that a continuous fault runs through The Golden State, starting underwater in San Diego then ending on land in Los Angeles.

The last time this fault ruptured was 1933. It produced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake which killed 115 people.

This recent study focused on surveys and sonars that measured past earthquake data, and predicted how many ruptures have occurred within recent years and can occur in the future.

The American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research will be publishing this study.  What do you think about this finding? Do you think more research needs to be done?


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