5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off North California Coast

A major, M5.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of Northern California, just days after a devastating M7.1 quake hit Mexico, resulting in hundreds dead and at least 50 buildings collapsed.

While the quake was luckily too far offshore to cause any damage, the Sacramento Bee writes that after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Mexico and the following smaller quakes that shook parts of California, "the West Coast is bracing for the worst."

Time spoke to experts who pointed out that Southern California, Los Angeles and San Francisco were the most at-risk areas in the country for the next destructive quake. It’s been 160 years since the magnitude 7.9 earthquake near the San Andreas Fault, meaning a lot of pressure has built up over the years.

The Bee writes that multiple smaller earthquakes have been reported throughout the state as Mexico continues to recover and rescue victims from Tuesday’s disaster, and today's "larger" quake appears to have been a culmination of the Mexico aftermath.  A number of earthquakes were reported in the Bay Area on Wednesday, including one measuring magnitude 2.5 near San Jose, according to NBC Bay Area.

On the central coast, a magnitude 3.2 quake hit San Juan Bautista on Wednesday morning, and a magnitude 2.8 earthquake rumbled between Gilroy and Morgan Hill about 10 a.m. Thursday, television station KSBW-8 reported.

 

Stronger earthquakes were reported in Northern California, with a magnitude 3.8 earthquake reported in Shasta County and a 3.0 in Humboldt County.

Still, John Bellini, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told SFGate the smaller quakes don’t necessarily mean the “big one” is in the near future. “It looks like normal activity,” Bellini said. “They’re all over the place. It’s not unusual.”

Increased seismic activity doesn’t typically signal an impending larger seismic event, he said.

“We can’t predict or forecast earthquakes,” Bellini said. “Sometimes before a large earthquake you’ll have a foreshock or two. But we don’t know they’re foreshocks until the big one happens.”

Which, of course, is why California residents have been especially on edge in recent days.

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Escrava Isaura HockeyFool Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:27 Permalink

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poland spring Scuba Steve Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:47 Permalink

Once again DUTCHSINSE (youtube) specifically called this a couple days ago.  Like he called the original 8.0 and the 7.1 aftershock.  The original 8.0 moved the plate 34 feet in the northwest direction and southeast.  He said watch out for major aftershocks in the northwest direction with 1 magnitude less. Bingo.  Then after that, he said specifically watch for earthquake (literally in the upper 5 lower 6 range) in upper california.  34 ft of earth movement is not small which puts pressure along the fault line.  Former volcanic spots are rumbling. If you've watched him for a couple years, this is nothing new as he explains in great detail how earth moves and what to look for.  I don't really tout people like that, but you can see the videos for yourself if you think there is BS - its all dated.

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la0508 poland spring Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:21 Permalink

So glad someone brought up Dutchsinse. I've been watching him for some months now. He's very intellectually honest, and EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE. His earthquake predictions are SPOT ON, all over the world--and he explains his reasoning exactly, no mystery about it. I was watching for the Mexico quake--he predicted it; and for the California quake, which he forewarned us of as well (as well as many others in the past 6 mos or so). Very worth listening to.I remember a few years ago I read that the Italian gov't was suing its own seismologists for not predicting a large quake that devastated the region and killed many. At the time I thought, 'how primitive can they be? Everyone knows you can't predict quakes!' However, since listening to Dutchsinse and understanding a little bit about his reasoning--and knowing that many Italians in the earthquake-prone regions keep track of his predictions--I understand know why the Italian gov't may have been furious with their own scientists: if Dutchsinse can predict it, why can't you? What do we pay you for?

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JRobby poland spring Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:47 Permalink

Just ridin' the crust. Ride it until an asteroid hits or nuclear incineration. It's all cyclical.
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Dame Ednas Possum Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:19 Permalink

I'm in L.A. at the moment for work. Was woken during the week by the apartment shaking. The locals were all... "Meh!" They don't seem very well prepared for a major event. They also seem extremely dim-witted. Nice people... but dumb.  

Bigly Dame Ednas Possum Fri, 09/22/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

I lived in West Hollywood during Northridge. The house across the street knocked off its foundation. But there were others (lesser) when I was there...no big deal.You DO get a little lackadaisical about small ones. I slept through a 5...I thought I was in a boat. ..more rocking, swaying..not violent. 5 and below (unless it is right under you) is no big thing. If in one of the high rises you sway a little like a palm tree. I guess you can say it is not HARSH at lower numbers...and people are a little apathetic.A 6+, 7 or 8 is a different issue entirely. Btw, I also give kudos to dutchsinse.

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