Latest Whittier Fault Stories

2011-03-28 05:55:00

Mega-quakes, such as the recent massive temblor off the coast of Japan are not expected to set off other large quakes in distant regions of the world, according to a study published by the US Geological Survey (USGS). There is a current novel theory that a large quake in one continent can unleash a quake in another. Tom Parsons and Aaron Velasco of the US Geological Survey and the University of Texas at El Paso explained their counter theory to AFP. Parsons and Velasco looked at all...

2009-10-05 12:46:11

U.S. scientists studying the giant 2004 earthquake that caused Indian Ocean tsunamis say they've determined the quake weakened part of the San Andreas Fault. The seismologists said their findings suggest the Earth's largest earthquakes can weaken fault zones worldwide and might trigger periods of increased global seismic activity. An unusually high number of magnitude 8 earthquakes occurred worldwide in 2005 and 2006, said Rice University Associate Professor Fenglin Niu, one of the study's...

2009-01-24 16:30:00

Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the San Andreas Fault, researchers say. A study by scientists at the University of California at Irvine found there were five major temblors along a southern section of the San Andreas Fault in the past 700 years, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. The first one is estimated to have occurred in 1310, followed 83 years later by one in 1393, 192 years after that in 1585, the next 85 years later in 1640 and the last one 217...

2005-05-19 10:20:00

JPL -- New NASA research confirms that northern metropolitan Los Angeles is being squeezed at a rate of 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) a year, straining an area between two earthquake faults that serve as geologic bookends north and south of the affected region. The compression of the Los Angeles landscape is being monitored by a network of more than 250 precision global positioning system receivers known as the Southern California Integrated Global Positioning System Network, as well as by...

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