How do you predict an upcoming earthquake in your home state?
There’s a lot of information available, but it’s difficult to narrow down what you should do if you are worried about earthquakes in your area.
A new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth by the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University researchers found that a 3.2-magnitude earthquake in the state would trigger a major disaster in the United States.
The study also found that if you were near an earthquake zone in California during an earthquake, you would experience a 50 percent likelihood of suffering serious damage and a 40 percent likelihood that you would lose life, according to the study.
As of Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded 3,821 earthquake events in California and had recorded over 2,200 such events in the past decade.
Although the number of earthquakes in California is smaller than in many other states, the risk of major damage is higher because the area has more fault lines, said John Pecan, a geophysicist at CU Boulder and the study’s lead author.
“The probability of severe damage is about 50 percent, which is very high,” he said.
“In the next five to 10 years, the chance of major injury will be about 80 percent.”
A quake is one of many factors that can lead to earthquakes, but the study showed that the most important factor was the fault zone in which the quake occurred.
In the area of the fault that the quake hit, the researchers found the largest earthquake likely occurred in a fault that lies beneath a mountain, which could create a larger earthquake if it occurs near the summit of the mountain.
The fault was named Mount Diablo in honor of the city that sits on top of the volcano, Pecans study found.
Because Mount Diablo sits on a mountain peak, it was considered a candidate fault for an earthquake and was considered the most likely source of the quake.
Pecans team, however, said the authors did not have data to support this assumption.
Instead, the fault’s faults and valleys are known to be extremely faulted, which means that when the fault ruptures, the rock beneath it can travel far, Pucan said.
He added that this could cause a “tremendous earthquake” if a fault rupture occurs along the fault.
There’s been no confirmed evidence of any quake in California since the late 1980s, according the USGS, which was not part of the study and was not a participant in the research.
According to the USG, the state is a seismically active state, with a recent earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale.
Experts in the earthquake hazard assessment and warning (HRW) field say a 3-m, 3.5-m or larger earthquake is considered a major earthquake, with major damage occurring in the tens of billions of dollars.
The USGS does not collect data on the number and severity of earthquakes, which would be an invaluable resource for policymakers and residents in earthquake-prone areas.