Geologist explains faults the Ridgecrest earthquake

Geologist explains faults the Ridgecrest earthquake


CONTINUING TO RATTLE THE RIDGECREST AREA OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. IT BEGAN WITH A MAGNITUDE 6.4 “FORESHOCK” ON THE 4TH OF JULY AND THEN THE MAIN EARTHQUAKE, A MAGNITUDE 7.1 FRIDAY NIGHT. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE QUAKES ALL MORNING – AND ARE JOINED NOW BY DR. WILLIAM KRUGH A GEOLOGIST. RIDGECREST POLICE CHIEF JED MCLAUGHLIN SAID – “BY THE GRACE OF GOD, WE’VE HAD NO CASUALTIES, AND WE’VE ONLY HAD MINOR INJURIES” AMAZING – CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES . – – – WHY DIDN’T A 7.1 EARTHQUAKE CAUSE MORE DAMAGE? – – – DO EARTHQUAKES LIKE THIS INCREASE THE RISK OF EARTHQUAKES ACROSS OTHER FAULT LINES – SHOULD PEOPLE BE CONCERENED? – – – MANY ARE NOW TALKING ABOUT THE BIG ONE – WORRIED ABOUT WHITE WOLF FAULT LINE WILL – FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THAT FAULT LINE – IT RUNS THROUGH TEHACHAPI AND ACROSS THE VALLEY FLOOR – AND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 7.7 MEAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE IN 1952 – THAT DEVISTATED KERN COUNTY. – – SO WE SHOULDN’T BE WORRIED THAT THESE QUAKES WILL TRIGGER THE WHITE WOLF FAULT LINE? – – – FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND – AND CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG – BUT THE FAULT LINE THAT TRIGGERED THIS EARTHQUAKE WAS UKNOWN TO THE USGS – – – IT IS SURPRISING OR CONCERING THAT IN CALIFORNIA – A FAULT LINE CAPABLE OF A 7.1 EARTQUAKE – IS UKNOWN. – – – SHOULD WE BE WORRIED ABOUT ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE? – – – LET’S TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MAIN SHOCK, AN AFTERSHOCK, A FORESHOCK. ARE THEY ALL DIFFERENT PHENOMENA OR BASICALLY THE SAME THING? – – – HOW MUCH BETTER PREPARED ARE WE FOR A MAJOR QUAKE LIKE THAT OF 1952 – MORE THAN 65 YEARS LATER. WELCOME BACK.

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