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Major quake predicted in California

Breaking Seismic News Alert: California, USA

Jan 11, 2007
A major earthquake on the southern end of the San Andreas fault is inevitable and likely will be catastrophic for much of Southern California, experts said on Tuesday. Tuesday also marked the 150th anniversary of the last major earthquake along the San Andreas fault, which registered a magnitude 7.9. If that quake happened now, as many as 5,000 people would be killed and economic losses would be around 150 billion U.S. dollars. New computer simulations show that a large southern San Andreas earthquake could cause shaking that is stronger and longer than previously anticipated. A major quake on the southern reaches of the fault could last for more than two minutes. The average time between major earthquakes along the San Andreas is 150 years, but the southern segment of the fault, which runs from the Salton Sea through the Coachella Valley to San Bernardino, has not slipped significantly in more than 300 years. "The more we know, the greater our concern."

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