California is in an earthquake drought.It has been almost four years since the state experienced its last earthquake of magnitude 6 or stronger — in Napa. Southern California felt its last big quake on Easter Sunday 2010, and that shaker was actually centered across the border, causing the most damage in Mexicali.Experts know this calm period will eventually end, with destructive results. They just don’t know when this well-documented geological pattern will shift.“Earthquake rates are quite variable: We have a decade or two where we don’t have many earthquakes, and people expect that’s what California is always like,” said Elizabeth Cochran, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Eventually, “we’re going to dramatically see a change in earthquake rates.” Scientists have been warning California of seismic dangers, from the Big One on the San Andreas fault to other catastrophes that could come from lesser known faults, like … [Read more...] about California’s in an exceptional earthquake drought. When will it end?
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By Lisa M. Krieger | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: March 26, 2019 at 3:48 pm | UPDATED: March 27, 2019 at 4:48 am OAKLAND — In a major sign that California’s earthquake early warning system is moving forward, officials are testing the program in downtown Oakland on Wednesday morning. Like the familiar Amber Alert, starting at 11 a.m., the ShakeAlert will blare from smartphones in a 60-block area, announcing: “This is a test of the California Earthquake warning system. No action required. This is a test.” Then users will be asked to complete a survey that will reveal whether the exercise – the first public trIal in the Bay Area — was a success. Experts will measure how long it took for the message to reach people. In a real earthquake, the message would be different: Drop, cover and hold on. “We want to determine if a wireless emergency alert is a feasible solution,” said Ryan Arba of the state’s … [Read more...] about Oakland earthquake alert test: Is your phone listening?
The 1994 Northridge earthquake killed more than 50 people and created widespread devastation in Los Angeles. The earthquake was one of the world’s most expensive natural disasters, causing an estimated $US35 billion in damage. Twenty-five years after the quake, scientists are warning of the next “Big One,” which could wreak even more havoc in California. As scientists warn of the next big earthquake in California, a devastating tragedy in Los Angeles may offer insight into what’s to come. Twenty-five years ago today, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Northridge, an area just northwest of LA, destroying thousands of residences and leaving around 22,000 people displaced from their homes. Read more:We could see twice as many big earthquakes this year, scientists warn – because the equator has shrunk Studies now estimate that the earthquake caused $US35 billion in damage, making it not only the costliest earthquake in US history, but one of the most … [Read more...] about Devastating photos show the damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles. It could pale in comparison to the next ‘Big One.’
Updated 10:36 pm PST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 FILE - This Feb. 16, 1994 file photo shows the Northridge Meadows apartment complex in which 16 people died when the upper floors collapsed onto the so-called soft story ground floor. Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage. At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, a hidden fault lurking under the city’s San Fernando Valley neighborhoods unleashed a magnitude 6.7 earthquake. less FILE - This Feb. 16, 1994 file photo shows the Northridge Meadows apartment complex in which 16 people died when the upper floors collapsed onto the so-called soft story ground floor. Twenty-five years ago this ... more Photo: Nick Ut, AP … [Read more...] about AP WAS THERE: Southern California’s deadly 1994 earthquake
By Brooke Staggs | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: January 13, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 14, 2019 at 11:22 am A quarter century has passed, but David Miller will never forget the sound. “It was like there was a freight train under my house,” he said, recalling the moment 25 years ago Thursday, Jan. 17, when the Earth’s plates suddenly slipped along a previously unknown fault 11 miles beneath his Prairie Street home in Northridge. Firefighters work to free trapped residents at the Northridge Meadows Apartments on Reseda Blvd in Northridge CA. (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Firefighters examine the bottom floor of the Northridge Meadows apartments searching for victims. (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsEmergency workers remove a survivor from the first floor of the Northridge Meadows. (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Fire and rescue vehicles fill the street in front of the Northridge Meadows apartment … [Read more...] about 25 years after the Northridge earthquake, another one could hit ‘any time.’ Are we safer?