BIG ONE COMING? Scientists say 9.3magnitude quake possible as California KEEPS rumbling
A DEVASTATING 9.3 magnitude earthquake powerful enough to unleash a tsunami could strike the west coast of America after a series of tremors on a major fault line.
The mid-sized earthquake caused more than 200 aftershocks – some more than three on the richter scale – and could be felt from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border.
Egill Hauksson, a research professor of geophysics at Caltech, said of the 5.2 quake: “It was the biggest one for a while.”
The quakes have taken place on the San Jacinto fault, the region’s most active, Mr Hauksson said.
Scientists say both the California fault lines and the Cascadia Subduction Zone are long overdue a major earthquake of magnitude eight or above.
In a statement after the Cascadia Rising emergency tests a spokesman said: “Subduction zone earthquakes are said to be among the most powerful, and can exceed a 9 magnitude.”