Ridgecrest Quakes Caused Major Fault Line to Move for First Time, Study Shows

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Published on October 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:49s

Ridgecrest Quakes Caused Major Fault Line to Move for First Time, Study Shows

A recent study found new seismic activity on a major fault line that runs north of Los Angeles County for the first time in modern history, but experts say the implications are still unclear.


Ridgecrest Quakes Caused Major Fault Line to Move for First Time, Study Shows

WOLFE HAS MORE NOW FROMCALTECH IN PASADENA YOU MIGHTCALL IT NEW SCIENTIFICCALL IT NEW SCIENTIFICFINDINGS OF SEISMICFINDINGS OF SEISMICPROPORTIONS.

FOR THE FIRSTPROPORTIONS.

FOR THE FIRSTTIME ON RECORD THE GALA FAULTTIME ON RECORD THE GALA FAULTIS CREEPING OR MOVING IT RUNSIS CREEPING OR MOVING IT RUNSTHROUGH THE MOJAVE DESERTTHROUGH THE MOJAVE DESERTNORTH OF LOS ANGELES.

IT ISNORTH OF LOS ANGELES.

IT IS160 MILES LONG AND IS160 MILES LONG AND ISCONSIDERED A MAJOR FAULT LINECONSIDERED A MAJOR FAULT LINEALTHOUGH COMPARATIVELYALTHOUGH COMPARATIVELYTHE NEARBY SAN ANDREASTHE NEARBY SAN ANDREASSTRETCHES A WHOPPING SEVENSTRETCHES A WHOPPING SEVENHUNDRED FIFTY MILES JULY.HUNDRED FIFTY MILES JULY.EARTHQUAKES IN RIDGECRESTEARTHQUAKES IN RIDGECRESTWERE THE FIRST MAJOR SHAKERSWERE THE FIRST MAJOR SHAKERSGARLOCK SINCE SEISMOLOGISTSGARLOCK SINCE SEISMOLOGISTSSTARTED TAKING RECORDS.

SOSTARTED TAKING RECORDS.

SOIT'S THE FIRST TIMESTARTED TAKING RECORDS.

SOIT'S THE FIRST TIMESCIENTISTS HAVE SEEN MOVEMENTIT'S THE FIRST TIMESCIENTISTS HAVE SEEN MOVEMENTSCIENTISTS HAVE SEEN MOVEMENTIN THIS AREA BUT SUCHIN THIS AREA BUT SUCHACTIVITY IS NOTACTIVITY IS NOTUNPRECEDENTED.

BOTTOM LINEUNPRECEDENTED.

BOTTOM LINESEISMOLOGISTS SAY THE GARLOCKSEISMOLOGISTS SAY THE GARLOCKFAULT CAPABLE OF PRODUCING AFAULT CAPABLE OF PRODUCING AMAGNITUDE 8 EARTHQUAKE HASMAGNITUDE 8 EARTHQUAKE HASBEGUN MOVING AS A RESULT OFBEGUN MOVING AS A RESULT OFTHE RIDGECREST EARTHQUAKETHE RIDGECREST EARTHQUAKESEQUENCE WHICH DESTABILISEDSEQUENCE WHICH DESTABILISEDNEARBY FAULTS.

WORST CASENEARBY FAULTS.

WORST CASESCENARIO WITH A MASSIVE QUAKESCENARIO WITH A MASSIVE QUAKEWOULD BE A LOT OF DAMAGEWOULD BE A LOT OF DAMAGEWOULD BE A LOT OF DAMAGETO BUILDINGS AS WELL AS KINDTO BUILDINGS AS WELL AS KINDTO BUILDINGS AS WELL AS KINDOF LIFELINE INFRASTRUCTURE SOOF LIFELINE INFRASTRUCTURE SOPIPELINES FROM WATER MAINSPIPELINES FROM WATER MAINSTO SEWER SYSTEMS TO ELECTRICTO SEWER SYSTEMS TO ELECTRICUTILITIES THAT WOULD AFFECTUTILITIES THAT WOULD AFFECTOBVIOUSLY THE CITIES THAT AREOBVIOUSLY THE CITIES THAT ARECLOSEST TO WHERE THE FAULT ISCLOSEST TO WHERE THE FAULT ISLOCATED?

THERE PROBABLY WOULDLOCATED?

THERE PROBABLY WOULDBE DAMAGE IN LOS ANGELESBE DAMAGE IN LOS ANGELESTHE RIDGECREST EARTHQUAKESTHE RIDGECREST EARTHQUAKESINCLUDING A SEVEN POINT ONEINCLUDING A SEVEN POINT ONETEMBLOR WERE THE LARGEST INTEMBLOR WERE THE LARGEST INSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN TWOSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN TWODECADES.

SO WHAT IS THE NEWDECADES.

SO WHAT IS THE NEWFINDINGS MEAN FOR CALIFORNIAFINDINGS MEAN FOR CALIFORNIAAND THOSE OF US WHO LIVEAND THOSE OF US WHO LIVEHERE.

WELL THE IMPLICATION ISHERE.

WELL THE IMPLICATION ISUNCLEAR.

I THINK THIS IS AHERE.

WELL THE IMPLICATION ISUNCLEAR.

I THINK THIS IS AGOOD REMINDER THAT WE SHOULDUNCLEAR.

I THINK THIS IS AGOOD REMINDER THAT WE SHOULDGOOD REMINDER THAT WE SHOULDGOOD REMINDER THAT WE SHOULDALWAYS BE PREPARED FOR ANALWAYS BE PREPARED FOR ANALWAYS BE PREPARED FOR ANEARTHQUAKE.

CALIFORNIA ISALWAYS BE PREPARED FOR ANEARTHQUAKE.

CALIFORNIA ISEARTHQUAKE COUNTRY.EARTHQUAKE.

CALIFORNIA ISEARTHQUAKE COUNTRY.EARTHQUAKE COUNTRY.SCIENTISTS SAY A MAJORSCIENTISTS SAY A MAJOREARTHQUAKE ALONG THE GARLOCKEARTHQUAKE ALONG THE GARLOCKEARTHQUAKE ALONG THE GARLOCKFAULT WOULD AFFECT AREAS SUCHFAULT WOULD AFFECT AREAS SUCHFAULT WOULD AFFECT AREAS SUCHAS BAKERSFIELD RIDGECREST ANDAS BAKERSFIELD RIDGECREST AND

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