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Is California overdue for big quake?

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 03/29/2014 @ 9:30 pm In U.S. | No Comments

(Christian Science Monitor) On March 17, a mild earthquake rattled countless Los Angeles-area residents awake shortly before their alarms went off at 6:30 a.m. The Monday morning temblor was the first notable L.A.-area quake in years.

A lengthy vacation from earthquakes certainly sounds nice. But John Dvorak, a geophysicist who now works at a astronomical observatory in Hawaii, warns that a quake break can just be the calm before the earthquake storm.

He makes his case that the Golden State is in for trouble in his readable and aptly named new book “Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault.”

But it’s not just Californians who should pay attention to his exploration of earthquake science, the unfolding mysteries of geology, and the gaps in our seismic knowledge.


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