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8.0 Earthquake: San Andreas Fault To Release All The Energy It Has In One Year

Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:35
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Scientists at the Geophysical Science Lab of San Jose have released a grid model of the Western United States.  The model shows a prediction over the next year of the entire San Andreas Fault System.  Scientists are now predicting that over four earthquakes will strike at nearly the same time along the fault.

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“We’re pretty sure that our numbers are correct and that areas along the San Andreas Fault will have multiple earthquakes during the same day as the entire fault gets ripped open,” said Tom Markson, a seismologist at the San Jose Geophysical Lab.  “Once the fault ruptures, over four earthquakes over magnitude 8.0 will strike California.  But, at the same time our model shows over 60 other faults being affected with quakes ranging 6.0 or larger.  This is a worst case scenario.

The model was developed using the correct fault conditions of the San Andreas Fault, according to the press release from Markson.  Markson further states that the warning system USGS is trying to get working for the entire state will not be here on time.

“We think that a scenario like this will kill over 10,000 people in California,” added Markson.  “This is an extremely dangerous event.”

So if you are in California, start preparing.

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