New Study Says Palos Verdes Fault Could Trigger Massive Earthquake

Scientists believe a fault line running along the Los Angeles coast could trigger an absolutely massive earthquake one day...

But, what else is new?!

San Andreas Fault

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A new study says the Palos Verdes fault zone -- which runs for 70 miles along the L.A. and Orange counties -- could potentially trigger a 7.8 magnitude quake.

By contrast, the deadly 1994 San Francisco earthquake was only 6.7 magnitude.

In fact, a 7.8 magnitude quake would be 45 times stronger!!!

“Historically, this fault has been seen as a segmented fault — lots of little pieces,” John H. Shaw, one of the authors of the new study, as well as a professor of structural and economic geology at Harvard University said. “This seemed like a structure that wasn’t going to rupture in one big earthquake.”

Click HERE to read the full research article in GeoScienceWorld.

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