Wednesday, August 23, 2017

There were two earthquakes on the San Andreas fault, but experts say not to worry

A pair of earthquakes were centered on the San Andreas Fault in the past week, but experts say there's no reason to believe they're a sign of the big one.

"This is normal activity around the San Andreas Fault," said seismologist Lucy Jones told The Desert Sun.
A magnitude-3.2 earthquake was centered about seven miles northeast of Cabazon 1:12 a.m. Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey.
There were no reports of damage.
Numerous residents in the Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass reported feeling the early morning quake on the USGS "Did You Feel It?" website. Residents in Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Thousand Palms, Beaumont, Banning, Idyllwild, Morongo Valley and Forest Falls reported feeling the quake.

The earthquake followed a similar one that occurred in the area about a week ago.
A magnitude 3.4 temblor happened about 7:10 a.m. Thursday five miles north of Cabazon.
Prior to that, there was a magnitude 3.5 quake Aug. 9 near Big Bear.
There were about seven earthquakes in or near the San Gorgonio Pass within the past 30 days, but that's no sign of a major shakeup on the horizon, said Mark Benthien, director of communication, education and outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center.
"That's very common; we live in Earthquake country," he said.
He referenced a swarm of quakes that occurred in and near the southern portion of the Salton Sea in September.

At least 11 quakes, including a magnitude 4.3, happened in a single day. None of the earthquakes caused any damage.
The largest quake to occur in recent memory was a magnitude 5.2 in June 2016. It was centered in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, about 15.5 miles southwest of La Quinta.
Dozens of aftershocks followed, but there were no reports of significant damage to area roads or buildings.
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