RIDGECrest, Arizona, USA – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a new prediction for a major earthquake centered in Arizona.
According to the NWS, the Ridgecrend earthquake will occur sometime between May 25 and June 10, 2020, with a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale.
This is the second major earthquake to occur in the area.
The last one occurred on June 12, 2025.
It is believed that the Ridgeview fault is responsible for the earthquakes.
The Ridgecrescent earthquake has the potential to have a magnitude 5.5 quake and is located in the same area as the Ridgecore earthquake, which is expected to have an intensity of 2.3.
The ridgecrest is also a popular tourist destination.
The NWS said that the area is prone to earthquakes due to the elevation of the Ridgecliffs.
The quake’s epicenter is expected at a depth of 5,100 feet.
The NWS warned that the epicenter may rupture due to strong shaking and mudslides.
In addition, a 5.1 earthquake was registered near the town of Ridgecripple.
The magnitude of this earthquake is still unknown and is a possibility that could be caused by a fault rupture.
The RIDGECORE earthquake forecast has a strong likelihood of occurring during May and June, with an epicenter of 8,700 feet.
A small section of the fault is also located close to the ridgecrescent.
Ridgecrest, AZ, USA (USGS, MapSource) The Ridgecrust is located approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Ridgecore, Arizona.
The NNW (northwest) portion of the ridge has a long history of activity in the region.
The most recent earthquake was recorded in 1876.
This was a magnitude 6.1 tremor that occurred at a distance of about 2 miles (3 kilometers).
During the 1920s, the NNW portion of Ridgecrust was also the location of several minor quakes.
In 1934, a magnitude 3.7 quake occurred near the Ridgecrrust.
The next day, a large magnitude 5 quake occurred at an elevation of about 7,300 feet (2,400 meters).
A large, 4.0 magnitude earthquake occurred on January 7, 1942.
The following day, another 4.3 magnitude earthquake took place near the ridge.
An earlier magnitude 5 earthquake occurred near Ridgecore in 1942.
Another major earthquake occurred in 1950.
In 1958, the USGS recorded a magnitude 2.5 earthquake that occurred near a small fault.
A 4.1 magnitude earthquake was reported in 1959 near Ridgecrumb.
This was followed by a magnitude 1.8 earthquake on January 6, 1962.
After the 1959 and 1962 earthquakes, the ridge was closed to traffic for several months.
During August, 1957, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declared a no-trespass zone around the ridge and began dredging the area of the ranches fault.
On July 25, 1962, a small earthquake occurred at the Ridge, resulting in the rupture of a shallow section of a ranches tremor.
Later in the summer of 1962, the area was reopened and a series of quakes began.
In August, 1963, a 4.7 magnitude earthquake at a location 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the ranche occurred.
Several months later, on October 16, 1964, an epicentre of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake was detected near the center of the region, approximately 1.5 miles (2 kilometers) east of the center.
Two more earthquakes were registered at the area between October 28 and November 11, 1964.
On December 17, 1964 and January 16, 1965, the tremor was observed again at the center and a magnitude 4.8 quake was registered at an elevated location on the ridge near the area where the first two earthquakes occurred.
These earthquakes occurred on a day when the area around the fault was being flooded.
The area was also being inundated by rain, which caused mudslide that damaged buildings and equipment.
Following the November 4, 1965 earthquake, the rancherds tremor stopped and the area began to reopen to traffic.