After a bit less than 6 months and more than 100,000 aftershocks after the Ridgecrest event…
Southern California geologists are waiting in fear for the next Big One.
In July 2019, within two days, a M6.4 and a M7.1 earthquakes hit the Surles Valley in Southern California.
The resulting swarmageddon, or the series of aftershocks generated by the strong quakes, currently counts more than 100,000 earthquakes… And scientists wonder when the true ‘Big One’ will really devastate the region.
Actually, California rattles all the time. But not all these small tremors act the same, and some bring more danger than others.
After the strong shaking events, NASA sent a large research plane to fly very low over the foothills of the Ridgecrest swarm. The large DC-8 was spotted flying over Altadena during the afternoon rush hour in the San Gabriel Valley.
I still remember CBS2 and CBSNLA anchorwoman Jasmine Viel saying:
“It was scary, a little bit. You didn’t know it was going to land,” she said.“Everyone kind of stopped in their cars, looking up. It was big and loud.”
Of course, NASA did not answer questions asking why the ‘research’ plane was flying so low, zig-zagging over the area of Coso Volcanic Field, where the magnitude 7.1 and magnitude 6.4 struck.
After a 2,359-mile flight from Palmdale into central California and Nevada it landed in Boise, Idaho at 7 p.m.
Since 2015, the Pacific Ring of Fire has been rattled by nearly 600 major quakes larger than M6.0. Over the same period, the Californian Coast has only been struck by 3 major quakes and Oregon by 2.
Pressure is clearly building up in this area of the globe. The swarmagddon is not enough to release all the stress accumulation. Moreover, the West Coast is long overdue for Big Earthquake. Now imagine the carnage if this devastating geological event, sometimes compared to the M9.0 Japan earthquake, occurs near LA or San Francisco. [The Big Wobble]