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Major Earthquake on the Puente Hills Fault Could Be Catastrophic

A major earthquake on the Puente Hills fault could cause significantly more damage to Los Angeles than the well-known San Andreas fault, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Puente Hills fault is not known as the big one, but rather the close one, because it runs through some of the most populated areas in Los Angeles.

Running through Orange County and downtown LA, the fault could cause up to $250 billion in damage and between 3,000 to 18,000 deaths, geophysicist with U.S. Geological Survey Doug Given said.

“Even though the magnitude of the event might not be as large as the San Andreas event, because it’s closer it could have a much greater impact on LA,” Given said.

The faults potential damage was about 15 times compared to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Givens aid.

Sara Welch reports live from La Habra for the KTLA 5 News at 8 on Sunday, March, 30 2014.