The San Andreas fault in Southern and Central California is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” according to a leading earthquake scientist at the National Earthquake Conference that recently took place in Long Beach.
The famous fault, California’s longest and most dangerous, has been reletively quiet for a long time.
The last huge California earthquake was in 1857, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that included 185 miles between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Each year, the fault gets tighter and tighter, tightening like a spring, and one day, it will release.
Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center is saying it is way too quiet!
The LATimes reports:
“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,” Jordan said in the opening keynote talk.
Other California sections of the San Andreas fault also are far overdue for a big quake. Further southeast of the Cajon Pass, such as in San Bernardino County, the fault has not moved substantially since an earthquake in 1812, and further southeast toward the Salton Sea, it has been relatively quiet since about 1680 to 1690.
Here’s the problem: Scientists have observed that based on the movement of tectonic plates, with the Pacific plate moving northwest of the North American plate, earthquakes should be relieving about 16 feet of accumulated plate movement every 100 years. Yet the San Andreas in California has not relieved stress that has been building up for more than a century.
When will it hit??? Before you finish this article is a possibility. Could be tomorrow, could be a decade away. Most scientists know it is coming.
The California fault has from time to time over history done a dance. It will dance again. Be prepared, the next one could be the big one!
Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, discusses the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.