A FREAK spate of deadly earthquakes that rattled several regions in the Pacific has sparked fears California could be next.
A series of powerful quakes struck countries in a tremor danger zone known as the Ring of Fire this week.
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake devastated Mexico, killing at least 273, on Tuesday followed by ruptures in New Zealand on Wednesday and Japan, Vanuatu and Indonesia on Thursday.
Up to 81% of the world’s worst earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire, United States Geological Survey figures show.
But baffled scientists have been left stunned by the “unusual” frequency of the quakes – leading to concerns California could be in danger.
The series of recent earthquakes were triggered by seismic waves travelling along the fault lines that are in constant motion, according to experts.Dr. Christopher Pluhar, a professor of Geology at Fresno State, said: “Earthquakes happen. We should expect them.”He said there is a 60% chance California will be struck by a powerful quake within the next 30 years.California is said to be long overdue a major “big one” earthquake, according to seismologists.
GETTYEARTHQUAKE FEARS: California is long overdue a major tremor, experts believe
Jean-Paul Ampuero, seismologist for Caltech, warned that a major quake in California is inevitable, according to the Mail Online.But the killer earthquake that flattened Mexico City earlier this week is not linked to the other faults in the region, experts say.Nevertheless Gary Gibson, of the University of Melbourne, said the wave of quakes seen this week “is unusual”, adding: “There’s no doubt about that, it’s been really busy.“I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just don’t know why.”
Last week residents of San Jose were reportedly stocking up on emergency supplies over fears the area will be hit by a massive earthquake.The city was shaken by a number of tremors including a strong 3.3 magnitude quake that was felt throughout the region.San Jose is situated precariously close to the San Andreas fault line, an 800-mile fissure that runs almost the length of California.Scientists agree that large swathes of southern California – including Los Angeles and San Diego – are long overdue a “Big One” earthquake of magnitude 7 or more.
Although scientists have been studying earthquakes for decades, there is still no reliable method of accurately predicting the timing of a major tremor.The biggest ever earthquake to strike the region in the 20th century was in 1906 off the coast of northern California.As a result, more than 3,000 people died and 80% of San Francisco was destroyed.(Click to Site)