California Quaking

The San Andreas Fault has been active lately, but today is really something. Within about 90 seconds, it broke twice in Yucaipa, near San Bernadino, producing a 3.5 and a 5.3. The area is still quivering with small quakes about every 90 seconds.

This is not surprising, really. The offshore quake two days ago was a big one–7.2–and Monday’s Chilean earthquake was a huge 7.9.

No, I can’t feel these quakes. The offshore one was a couple hundred miles north of us, and today’s little shocks are 400 miles south. Still, we’re close to the San Andreas, and I work in the East Bay, right on top the Hayward Fault. It’s always wise to keep an eye out for what the plates are doing.

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