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    5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle Southern Calif.

    So last night a 5.1 earthquake hit LA.

    4.4-magnitude earthquake hits Los Angeles area - CNN.com

    Last week a 4.4 earthquake hit LA.



    Granted, I am not a seismologist. But I've heard that smaller quakes lead up to a really big one. Thankfully, it's been years and years since we've had a really big West coast quake.

    Are we in for another one? Anyone specialize in this?
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    Re: 5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    5.1 is a huge yawn in So Cal. People that live there barely notice it. You put things back on shelves and go about your business.

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    Re: 5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle Southern Calif.

    So last night a 5.1 earthquake hit LA.

    4.4-magnitude earthquake hits Los Angeles area - CNN.com


    assume it is the open ended Richter Scale, so the magnitude is not of concern. we get 3 + to 4.5 rather routinely as we sit atop the conjunction of three tectonic plates.

    They do seem to have a pattern, but earthquakes are even more difficult to predict than volcanic activity or twisters.

    Last week a 4.4 earthquake hit LA.



    Granted, I am not a seismologist. But I've heard that smaller quakes lead up to a really big one. Thankfully, it's been years and years since we've had a really big West coast quake.

    Are we in for another one? Anyone specialize in this?

    I assume it is the open ended Richter Scale, so the magnitude is not of concern. we get 3 + to 4.5 rather routinely as we sit atop the conjunction of three tectonic plates.

    They do seem to have a pattern, but earthquakes are even more difficult to predict than volcanic activity or twisters.
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    Re: 5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    These "Smaller" shifts within a fault zone are likely a release of pressure rather than an indicator of a build up. It is true there is often activity before a large earthquake, but this is certainly not an indication of it happening. Truth be told, the seismology field will clearly state it is guessing as much as anything.....we cannot know the complexity of fault dynamics at this point.
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    Re: 5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    These "Smaller" shifts within a fault zone are likely a release of pressure rather than an indicator of a build up. It is true there is often activity before a large earthquake, but this is certainly not an indication of it happening. Truth be told, the seismology field will clearly state it is guessing as much as anything.....we cannot know the complexity of fault dynamics at this point.
    I grew up in So Cal and earth quakes became so normal to me I barely noticed them unless they were so big freeway over passes collapsed.

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    Re: 5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I grew up in So Cal and earth quakes became so normal to me I barely noticed them unless they were so big freeway over passes collapsed.
    So did I.....nothing like laying in bed and counting to see if it was worth getting up.
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    Re: 5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    5.1 is a huge yawn in So Cal. People that live there barely notice it. You put things back on shelves and go about your business.
    I never said 5.1 was a big quake. I said it was a smaller quake, but could it lead up to a big quake.
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    Re: 5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    oK - just wondering. I've never lived through any kind of an earthquake. My natural disasters are much different, living on this side of the country.

    I'd just always read that smaller ones like the ones happening over the last few days, might be a precursor to something bigger.

    Thanks for the info.
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    Re: 5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    5.1 is a huge yawn in So Cal. People that live there barely notice it. You put things back on shelves and go about your business.
    but all of a sudden, you get a loma prieta or a northridge
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    Re: 5.1 earthquake, aftershocks rattle California

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I never said 5.1 was a big quake. I said it was a smaller quake, but could it lead up to a big quake.
    So Cal is sitting on a huge fault line and the way I heard it when I was growing up was that small quakes release pressure and are a good thing but who knows. I was in a couple of big ones where everyone in the neighborhood ended up in the street in their pajamas or whatever, it was fun and exciting.

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