Carrizo Plain overdue for major quake

August 21, 2010

Earthquakes strike the Carrizo Plain portion of the San Andreas Fault more often than previously thought, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine and Arizona State. [MSMBC]

Researchers examined earthquake activity and reoccurrence rates along the Carrizo Plain part of the San Andreas Fault for the past 700 years. They discovered that large earthquakes occur more frequently than previously reported, as often as every 45 to 144 years.

Even so, the last big quake, a magnitude 7.9, struck in 1857, more than 150 years ago.

Researchers said it is possible that the fault is experiencing a natural lull, but more likely that a major earthquake will happen soon.



  1. easymoney says:

    Like droughts here in CA, it is not a question of if, but when. And I have to agree with gkb and racket that brings up a good point… Who stands to profit the most in these scenarios?

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  2. racket says:

    The delay is no doubt due to complications with the EIR and mitigation plans. Can’t be having an earthquake that disrupts the kit fox and fairy shrimp with no oversight or fees.

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    • GKB says:

      Racket; You brought a big smile to my face and a belly laugh. Thanks! Good One!

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