California Rumbling — Two Dozen Earthquakes Strike Imperial County

The San Andreas fault from the air.

The state of California is known to be a region where earthquakes are quite commonplace, but on Sunday, August 26, the tumultuous earth is working overtime.  In just one day, over two dozen earthquakes were recorded in Imperial County.  Over the last couple of weeks, signs of an outbreak were already evident; six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or more were recorded in the same region.  But Sunday took it to a new level and seismologists are cautiously monitoring the seismic events as they roll in.

Between 10:00 A.M. and 12:50 P.M., there was an outbreak of earthquakes ranging from 2.0 to 5.4 in magnitude, according tot he United States Geological Survey.  Once again, earthquakes are common here, but not with this frequency or relative strength.  Could this be a sign that the “big one” is on the way?  The USGS has not weighed in on future predictions, but it’s safe to say that California residents are on edge.  The earthquake outbreak is in the vicinity of the famous San Andreas fault, adding to the worry.  The San Andreas fault tends to suffer a massive earthquake on average every 150 years.  The last one is the infamous 1906 quake that unleashed devastation and terrible fires on San Francisco.  Now, 106 years later, there is cause for concern, especially in light that the area around the fault seems to be uneasy.

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