There’s a slightly better chance The Big One hits this weekend


That earthquake swarm that hit the Salton Sea area did more this week than just learn everyone that earthquakes come in swarms (rather than say a pack flock, or herd of earthquakes), it also has led to a slightly better chance that The Big One will hit in the next few days. So yeah, happy Friday!

Via LA Times:

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, for the seven-day period following Tuesday, the chances of a magnitude-7 or greater earthquake being triggered on the southern San Andreas fault are as high as 1 in 100 and as low as 1 in 3,000. The chances diminish over time.

Experts said it’s important to understand that the chance of the swarm triggering a big one, while small, was real.

“This is close enough to be in that worry zone,” seismologist Lucy Jones said of the location of the earthquake swarm. “It’s a part of California that the seismologists all watch.”

So while it probably won’t happen…it could.  Better prepare by grabbing an earthquake kit and watching San Andreas a few times.

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