Part of the San Andreas fault in Southern California could be the site of the state's next big quake

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.

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