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Are We Having Earthquake Weather?

Is this week's heatwave behind the onslaught of earthquakes striking Southern California?

Although they jangled nerves and rattled windows, probably aren't weather related or a sign of a pending Big One.

“There is nothing in this sequence, at this point, that tells us we need to be particularly worried,” said Elizabeth Cochran, a geophycist at the U.S. Geological Survey.

The two quakes belonged to a series of about 30 temblors that rattled the region in less than 24 hours.

The quakes could be a doublet, two main shocks accompanied by a series of aftershocks, she said. Or they could be part of a swarm, meaning another 4.0-ish quake could happen. But the chances of another large shaker are only about 2 percent, she added.

Nevertheless, that doesn't mean the rumbling is entirely over.

Southern California residents should brace for a series of aftershocks in the days and weeks to come, Cochran warned.

“We can definitely expect more of these small earthquakes in the magnitude range of 1 or 2," she said.

Meanwhile, scientists are working to determine which fault is responsible for the latest quakes. For now, they suspect the Whittier fault zone, a particularly active fault that was responsible for a 4.8-magnitude quake back in 2002.

Don Lambert August 09, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Long faults usually do not slip full length but slip locally. This may make it easier or harder for the next section to slip. Experts say the rarely active Elsinore Fault is capable of a very serious earthquake. In Murrieta it goes right by the new senior center and new library and the main fire station, and not far from the new city hall. They knew about it at the time. I think the fairly new police station near there is built very strong on purpose.
watchingthings August 09, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Hot ice? Or just perhaps its how God set the system up.
Constant Comment August 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Thats not the snow moving, its polar bears moving. The rumbling sound is their hungry stomaches and the earth movement is actually the stampede of Eskimos trying to get out of its way. You know what polar bears eat? The slowest runner! }~0
Barry D August 16, 2012 at 08:07 PM
In today's age, I'm amazed that there are still enough uneducated people who believe that weather and earthquakes are somehow interrelated. Get a clue. I suppose that our weather can also accurately predict impending meteor showers and solar storms as well?
TheMrs August 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Science has found no correlation between weather and earthquakes so I guess, technically speaking, there is no such thing. At the same time, while science has become so advanced, there is so much more that scientists do not know. I wouldn't be surprised if, one day, there is a link. There's something to be said about our natives Indians and how they in a sense bonded with mother nature.

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