Monday, April 14, 2008
It's almost 100-percent certain that a quake like the one that rocked Northridge in 1994 will hit again within the next thirty years. That's the finding of a report by the U.S. Geological Survey, the California Geological Survey and others.
Doctor Michael Reichle is the Chief Seismologist with the California Geological Survey . He says a magnitude 6.7 quake could happen anywhere in California. He says there's a nearly fifty percent chance for an even larger quake-of magnitude 7.5.
Reichle says this is the first time scientists have reached a general consensus on the hazard levels on the faults in California. He says the news should serve as a wake up call to Californians-- to get their emergency plans together.
Reichle: The larger quakes are really confined to the known faults, the San Andreas, the Hayward Fault in Northern California, the San Jacinto and Elsinore faults in Southern California.