California Due For Major Earthquake

Ron Mikulaco, left, and his nephew, Brad Fernandez, examine a crack caused by an earthquake on highway 178 Saturday, July 6, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif. Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure Saturday after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years jolted an area from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Ron Mikulaco,Brad Fernandez

Ron Mikulaco, left, and his nephew, Brad Fernandez, examine a crack caused by an earthquake on highway 178 Saturday, July 6, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif. Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure Saturday after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years jolted an area from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

“The big one” is coming according to a new study that finds a recent earthquake in 2019 in Ridgecrest, California, has shifted underground stresses, causing the San Andreas fault—the state’s longest and most threatening fault—3x more likely to break apart. Estimates have suggested that the quake has a 50% chance of occurring in the next year and could cause 1,500 deaths, 50,000 injuries, and damage to over 3 million homes.

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