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venerdì 10 marzo 2017

Newly identified fault could set off 7.4 earthquake in Southern California

A pair of earthquake fault lines previously believed to be of little seismic threat to Southern California have been re-evaluated by scientists, who on Tuesday said the pair actually are a single fault that is capable of even more damage than previously believed. Gurbeer Singh cleans up merchandise that fell at a 7-Eleven story in a magnitude-6.0 earthquake in Napa in 2014. (File photo by Ben Margot, The Associated Press)

Two earthquake faults known for decades as potential threats to Southern California have been re-evaluated by scientists, who on Tuesday said the pair actually are a single fault that is capable of more damage than previously believed.
The re-identified fault, which includes the Newport-Inglewood and Rose Canyon lines, runs between Los Angeles and San Diego and could set off a 7.4-magnitude quake, according to a report published Tuesday in the Journal of Geophysical Research by scientists from UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
In their report, the scientists noted the fault “poses a significant hazard to coastal Southern California” because it runs close to some of the most densely populated parts of the country.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/08/newly-identified-fault-could-set-off-7-4-earthquake-in-southern-california-9/

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