Ridgecrest temblors tripled chance of big earthquake on San Andreas fault: Study

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A new study suggests that last year’s Ridgecrest earthquakes increased the chance of a large earthquake on California’s San Andreas fault.

A USGS Earthquake Science Center Mobile Laser Scanning truck scans the surface rupture near the zone of maximum surface displacement of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck the Ridgecrest area. (Credit: Ben Brooks / U.S. Geological Survey)
The new odds mean a large quake on the Garlock fault is now calculated to be 100 times more likely.
And the chance of a large quake on the San Andreas has roughly tripled in the next year, according to the study’s coauthor. (Credit: Ben Brooks / U.S. Geological Survey)

The study, published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America on Monday, says there is now a 2.3% chance of an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 or greater in the next 12 months on a section of the 160-mile-long Garlock fault, which runs along the northern edge of the Mojave Desert.

That increased likelihood, in turn, would cause there to be a 1.15% chance of a large earthquake on the San Andreas fault in the next year.

Those odds may seem small. But they’re a substantial jump from what the chances were before last year’s Ridgecrest, Calif., earthquakes, whose epicenters were about 125 miles northeast of downtown L.A.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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