Santa Clarita feels the latest round of earthquakes. “Are you okay?” “Everyone okay?” Chilling reminders of the Northridge earthquake in 1994 as California shakes. Magnitude 7.1 rocks with an epicenter 11 miles from Ridgecrest, CA.
“Like any quake, today’s M7.1 has a 1 in 20 of being followed by something even bigger. Smaller quakes – M5s are likely and a M6 is quite possible.” stated Dr. Lucy Jones via her twitter account.
Ridgecrest, Little Lake, and Searles Valley
Ridgecrest, Little Lake, and Searles Valley are the epicenters of 65+ smaller earthquakes. Is this normal? Well, according to the California Integrated Seismic Network, the last time these areas experienced any earthquake was 2017, and nothing like this.
Earthquake Early Warning System?
“For more than 10 years, people in Japan have received an alert when a big earthquake has started and they will imminently experience strong shaking. A similar “Earthquake Early Warning” system, called ShakeAlert, is now in prototype testing in California, using CISN infrastructure, and the Pacific Northwest. With political will, scientific effort and investment in infrastructure, alerts will soon be available to US West Coast residents.” — cisn.org
“ShakeAlert® is an earthquake early warning (EEW) system that detects significant earthquakes so quickly that alerts can reach many people before shaking arrives. ShakeAlert is not earthquake prediction, rather a ShakeAlert indicates that an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent.” — www.shakealert.org