Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Earthquake Swarm Hits S California

Swarm of earthquakes shakes Coachella Valley

A swarm of mild earthquakes shook the Coachella Valley on Monday morning, including a magnitude 4.3 temblor at the Salton Sea.
The larger earthquake, which happened 7:31 a.m., was centered in the Salton Sea, 3.7 miles southeast of Bombay Beach, according to the United States Geological Survey. The area is about 60 miles southeast of Palm Springs.
USGS initially reported the earthquake was a magnitude 4.2 before upgrading it slightly.
It was just one of at least 11 earthquakes larger than magnitude 2.5 to originate near Bombay Beach on Monday morning.
Three preceded the magnitude 4.3. Just after 4:30 a.m., there were two temblors that registered 2.6 and 2.8, respectively. Hours later, at 6:15 a.m., there was a magnitude 3.3 earthquake.
Then, at 7:33 a.m., there was a magnitude 3.0 earthquake. That was followed by a pair of magnitude 2.5 earthquakes at 7:35 and 7:45 a.m.
As expected with earthquakes of this size, there have been no reports of damage.
On Saturday morning, about 2:15 a.m., a 3.4 magnitude quake shook the Desert Hot Springs area, rattling a few Coachella Valley residents awake.

A series of minor earthquakes has rattled a rural area of Southern California near the U.S.-Mexico border.
No injuries or damage were reported Monday after more than 35 temblors struck in the morning in what seismologists call a "swarm" of quakes.
The largest earthquake recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey was magnitude 4.3 at 7:31 a.m. and was centered 35 miles (58 kilometers) northwest of El Centro.
According to the Southern California Seismic Network, more than 35 small earthquakes were recorded Monday in the area over a short period.
The region of large farms in the desert near the Salton Sea is known for extensive seismicity.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

No one alive in So Cal has experienced a real earthquake. The last real movement occurred in 1857 and was farther north. Up to 30 feet of lateral displacement is expected. On average the southern San Andreas fault has a major earthquake every 140 to 150 years. It's been a bit past due for a while. Even more so south of Cajon Pass where this swarm is happening. I'm hoping it happens after the rapture, although I wouldn't wish the calamity on anyone. The devastation will be catastrophic and will affect more than So Cal. Most of the water So Cal uses crosses the fault in 3 aqueducts. Hard to imagine millions of people without potable for an extended period of time. All major transportation routes in and out of So Cal will be damaged as well. All the goods coming through the ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles will be deliverable to the rest of the country.