That earthquake swarm that hit the Salton Sea area did more this week than just learn everyone that earthquakes come in swarms (rather than say a pack flock, or herd of earthquakes), it also has led to a slightly better chance that The Big One will hit in the next few days. So yeah, happy Friday!
Via LA Times:
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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, for the seven-day period following Tuesday, the chances of a magnitude-7 or greater earthquake being triggered on the southern San Andreas fault are as high as 1 in 100 and as low as 1 in 3,000. The chances diminish over time.
Experts said it’s important to understand that the chance of the swarm triggering a big one, while small, was real.
“This is close enough to be in that worry zone,” seismologist Lucy Jones said of the location of the earthquake swarm. “It’s a part of California that the seismologists all watch.”