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A SECOND fault line running parallel to San Andreas has just been identified And it might be holding everything together.

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Just days after a cluster of more than 200 small earthquakes shook the Salton Sea area of Southern California, scientists have found evidence of a second fault line that runs parallel to the massive San Andreas Fault - one of the state’s most dangerous fault lines.

The new fault appears to run right through the 56-km-long Salton Sea in the Colorado Desert, to the west of the San Andreas Fault. Now that we know it’s there, seismologists will be forced to reassess earthquake risk models for the greater Los Angeles area.

"This previously unidentified fault represents a new hazard to the region and holds significant implications for fault models ... and, consequently, models of ground-motion prediction and southern San Andreas Fault rupture scenarios," the team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Nevada Seismological Laboratory reports.

Now known as the Salton Trough Fault, the newly mapped fault has been hidden for all this time because it’s submerged beneath the Salton Sea - a vast, salty rift lake that formed as a result of all the tectonic activity in the area.



There's not much you can do to prep for a quake, other than tie things down and make a BOB.  Trying to herd your animals and get them to a safe place is impossible, it happens too fast.  Jolts I can handle, it's prolonged shaking that is unnerving and the scariest part.  The longer it shakes the more damage, also the type of shaking has a lot to do with damage.  Top floors are safer, people are usually injured or killed on lower floors of buildings, though the sway is a lot more pronounced at the top. UGH!  I don't need this! 

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1 hour ago, Quiet Storm said:

Stay alert Cinn!!! :hug:

Thanks! Hopefully it's all just a result of trying to deflect from the fact that the U.S. and Russia are "this close" to getting into a war! 

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