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San Andreas Fault Overdue for Magnitude 8 Earthquake, Say Scientists

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By    |   Friday, 06 May 2016 05:40 AM

The San Andreas fault is "locked, loaded and ready to roll" with a major earthquake, the Southern California Earthquake Center's director said this week.

“The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight. And the southern San Andreas fault, in particular, looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go,” the Southern California Earthquake Center's Thomas Jordan said at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach, The Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

Jordan said Californians should brace for an earthquake as strong as magnitude 8.

The last big earthquake to hit the southern California's most dangerous fault line was a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that stretched 185 miles between Monterey County and the San Gabriel Mountains in 1857.

Such an earthquake could cause more than 1,800 deaths, countless injuries, and $200 billion in damage, as well as long-lasting disruptions to sewer systems and other infrastructure, the Times explained.

Mark Benthien of the Southern California Earthquake Center said pressure continues to build as time between earthquakes increases.

A computer simulation at the conference showed the effects of an earthquake stretching from central California to Mexico, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Such a powerful earthquake could last up to three minutes and liquefy soil, according to The Daily Mail.

Even worse, the effects could compound if two fault lines rupture at the same time.

Julian Lozos, an assistant geophysics professor at California State University, thinks this is what happened in in 1812, when earthquakes occurred on the San Jacinto and San Andreas faults.

"In southern California, much of our infrastructure was built to withstand a rupture of either the San Andreas or San Jacinto faults, but not both at the same time," University of California professor Lisa Grant Ludwig said.

Twitter users shared many concerns about the possible earthquake.






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