A mega-earthquake could hit California in the next 30 years

Last Thursday a strong earthquake shook California, but experts predict that the most devastating will happen in less than 30 years.

The earth moved on Thursday, July 4 in the state of California, United States. An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale shook the southern part of that state, causing minor damage and panic in the inhabitants. On Friday night, another earthquake of category 7.1 again generated panic. It is the strongest earthquake in the last 20 years.

These telluric movements had an epicenter near the town of Ridgecrest, located in the Mojave Desert, 200 kilometers northeast of Los Angeles.

Some 1,800 people were without electricity, there were some roads closed by rockfalls and a house caught fire.

Earthquakes have been felt in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and opened the debate on the seismic future of the region. Some experts say that within the next 30 years there could be a mega-earthquake in some sector of Southern California.

Susanne Jänecke, a geologist at the University of Utah, has studied the San Andreas Fault for a long time and together with other geologists claim to know where the future mega-earthquake will occur.

The San Andreas Fault runs for 1,300 kilometers through the state of California, and according to Jänecke, there is an area that has two master faults 25 kilometers long and several small faults that cross them. It is here where they predict the future earthquake. The site is located in the seismic zone of Brawley city, in southern California.

The team of geologists affirms that every 150 years severe earthquakes occur south of the fault, however in the last 300 years no earthquake of such magnitude has been recorded, which means that this accumulation of energy will be the culprit of the worst earthquake of history.

Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and professor at City College of New York, in an interview with the CBS network said: “In 30 years, the probability of the Big One is about 100 percent”.

Map: United States Geological Survey. Photo: Geology In. Videos: USA Today (Ashton Torres, Artashes Toumanov, Chef Tim Kilcoyne/World Central Kitchen, @Rylxan, Carla Feddersen, Jeffrey McGregor).
Iani Nikolov
News Reporter

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