A new study uncovers a series of small faults near the Salton Sea that connect to the San Andreas, which could produce a 7.5 to 7.8 magnitude quake. Matt Boone reports.
A pelican flies above the Salton Sea in Imperial County on April 18, 2015. The ongoing drought and modified farming practices have reduced water to the sea and increased its salinity. The sea provides refuge for a variety of wildlife. Scientists and environmentalists are trying to find ways to save the sea. Decades of runoff from agricultural farming has polluted the water and as the sea dries, airborne pollutants could scatter throughout the region. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
SALTON SEA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A new study shows that the southernmost tip of the San Andres Fault could be where California’s next big earthquake happens.
According to the Geological Society of America, a “Durmid ladder structure” could be the site of the next big California earthquake.
The rock structure stretches a little more than 15 miles along the Salton Sea.
“This paper documents this previously unknown active fault using geophysical and geologic datasets along the entire northeast margin of Coachella Valley, California,” part of the study reads.
The study notes that it’s unclear how past earthquakes interacted with the fault structure, making it difficult to predict future behavior.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the area has remained relatively quiet for a while, meaning it’s overdue for a large earthquake, KABC reports.