A new study of Fault running through L.A. and O.C. shows it could have devastating effects similar to San Andreas

An aerial view of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Matt 24:7 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Fault along L.A., O.C. coast could unleash earthquake on scale of San Andreas, study shows
  • Known as the Palos Verdes fault zone, the system runs deep beneath the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It previously was thought to be a segmented network of smaller faults, but a closer look by scientists at Harvard University suggests it’s a system of interconnected, closely spaced planar fractures stretching from the Santa Monica Bay to the waters off Dana Point.
  • The fault system, which runs beneath numerous neighborhoods as well as the ports of Long Beach and L.A.
  • Scientists found the fault could produce a quake of a magnitude comparable to one from the San Andreas Fault. Earlier estimates said the fault zone could generate up to a magnitude 7.4 earthquake, but the new study shows it could produce a quake as strong as 7.8.

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