Members of the National Guard load water onto an SUV in the aftermath of an earthquake, July 7, 2019, outside Trona High School in Trona, Calif. Strong storms can generate 'stormquakes,' scientists say, 2 quakes felt in San Francisco area in a matter of hours, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. The fact that we are seeing aftershocks “approaching the Owens Valley fault” is definitely alarming, but of far more concern is the fact that the Ridgecrest aftershocks are also headed “toward the Garlock fault”. "We really have to remind ourselves that California is earthquake country," Ross said. Take protective actions.”. Even Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley would see strong shaking, with much of the L.A. Basin and the San Gabriel Valley seeing moderate shaking — worse than what L.A. encountered last week. Activity The Gar­lock Fault moves at a rate of be­tween 2 and 11 mm a year, with an av­er­age slip of around 7 mil­lime­ters. The 7.1-magnitude temblor on July 6 was the most powerful earthquake in nearly 20 years in the Golden State. A new calculation conducted in recent weeks at the U.S. Geological Survey showed that there’s an extremely remote chance the San Andreas could be triggered from the Ridgecrest quakes. The Garlock fault stretches 160 miles across the northernmost part of the Mojave desert. But ever since, they’ve been studying whether the quakes could cause more seismic activity from other faults — including the San Andreas nearly 100 miles away. Ridgecrest, California, residents inspect a recent fault rupture following two large earthquakes in the area on July 7, 2019. While each individual fault might not have created the 6.4 and 7.1 shakers on their own, Ross said the potential of multi-fault ruptures needs further attention. That fault triggered an earthquake of perhaps magnitude 7.8 or 7.9 in 1872, one of the largest in California’s modern record,” the article explains. just a day after the region was hit with a magnitude 6.4 quake. So exactly what would a major quake along the Garlock fault look like? And even though it isn’t likely, scientists did admit that the large earthquakes that happened earlier this month could trigger a quake on the San Andreas fault…. The cost of damage from the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit southeastern California on July 5 and foreshocks that came a day earlier was estimated by catastrophe modeling business Karen Clark & Company. Information available includes the age of the most recent activity on each fault segment, surface rupture areas, and whether or not the faults are visible at the surface. We live at a time when our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and we are witnessing major earthquakes and enormous volcanic eruptions all over the globe on a daily basis now. "If earthquakes are large enough, the energy spreads far wider than most imagine. And when that day finally arrives, scientists have determined that the ground level could drop by up to 3 feet, and that would result in vast portions of southern California suddenly being covered by the Pacific Ocean. Bill Harvey contemplates what it will take to rebuild his stone fireplace on Saturday July 6, 2019 after the damage it suffered in the 7.1 M earthquake that hit Trona, Calif. on Friday, July 5th. The recent seismic activity in the state of California has taken a strange turn. According to a Los Angeles Times article , aftershocks of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake near Ridgecrest have been creeping into areas close to two major earthquake faults which is concerning for some seismologists on whether it could trigger another huge temblor. “The Ridgecrest aftershocks have also headed southeast toward the Garlock fault, a lesser-known fault capable of producing an earthquake of magnitude 8 or more. The rupture from the second quake in … Garlock has been reported as capable of producing a magnitude 8 earthquake! The fault has been relatively quiet for the past 500 years, but the strain placed on the Garlock Fault by July's earthquake activity triggered it to start slowly moving, a process call fault creep. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Southern California on Friday night, A California fault that could produce an 8.0-magnitude earthquake began sliding following the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence this summer, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. While no earthquake has produced surface rupture on the Garlock fault in historic times (although cracks opened along a short segment of the fault in 1952, due to the shaking of the Kern County earthquake, and groundwater removal has also triggered slip in the Fremont Valley area), there have been a few sizable quakes recorded along the Garlock fault zone. About one-fifth the length of the San Andreas, the Garlock Fault runs along the Mojave Desert in Southern California. The Friday evening quake with a magnitude of about 7.1 jolted much of California, cracking buildings, setting fires, breaking roads and causing several injuries while seismologists warned that large aftershocks were expected to continue for days, if not weeks. A fireman looks over a home Saturday, July 6, 2019 that burned after a earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif. The fault: The Garlock measures about 185 miles, and it runs from the San Andreas Fault to Death Valley, per KTLA.It's on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert. The Garlock Fault began moving for the first time on record following the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence that included two powerful temblors, … He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. The store has remained open since the 7.1 earthquake struck in an effort to serve the community. Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/17/california-earthquake-garlock-fault-ridgecrest-movement-8-0-magnitude-study/4014328002/. The store has remained open since the 7.1 earthquake struck. Because someday “the Big One” is going to hit the San Andreas fault, and it is going to release so much energy that the quakes that we witnessed this month won’t even be worth comparing to it. The Hope family, afraid to sleep inside, spends the night outdoors Saturday, July 6, 2019 following a earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif. The fault along the northern edge of the Mojave Desert can send shaking south and west into Bakersfield and Ventura and Los Angeles counties.” The following comes from a local California news source…. The Garlock fault has not ruptured in 600 years, and given its location in a sparsely populated region, it is not regarded as a great threat. The bulging of the Garlock fault line in California can be seen from space and it's moving in ways never seen before, raising the question for Californians if it raises the risk of "The Big One." Broken glass clogs the aisles at the Eastridge Market Liquor store in Ridgecrest, Calif. on Saturday July 6, 2019 after the 7.1 M earthquake on Friday, July 5. The fault has slipped nearly an inch at its surface since the Ridgecrest quakes, scientists say. No, that is definitely not a “worst-case scenario” for the Garlock fault, but without a doubt a major quake along the fault would be far more destructive than the earthquakes that we just witnessed on July 4th and 5th. 'Lots of unknowns': Strong storms can generate 'stormquakes,' scientists say. If you are not familiar with the Garlock fault, the following is some basic information from Wikipedia…. The aisles of the Eastridge Market Liquor store in Ridgecrest, Calif. were impassable on Saturday July 6, 2019 after the 7.1 M earthquake on Friday, July 5. Michael Snyder Economic Collapse July 29, 2019. The Garlock Fault runs from a junction with the San Andreas Fault in the Antelope Valley, eastward to a junction with the Death Valley Fault Zone in the eastern Mojave Desert. (Source: naturalblaze.com; July 29, 2019; “caused an estimated $200 million in damage”, suddenly being covered by the Pacific Ocean, when our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. First of all, the Garlock fault is the second largest fault line in the entire state of California, and it is a major threat to southern California. The Friday evening quake with a magnitude of about 7.1 jolted much of California, cracking buildings, setting fires, breaking roads and causing several injuries while seismologists warned that large aftershocks were expected to continue for days, if not weeks. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Look just below the red Ridgecrest label on the map to see the Garlock Fault. Kern County Fire Department firefighters respond to a fire at a building on the 178 after an earthquake hit near Ridgecrest, Calif. on July 6, 2019. Blue arrows are the Garlock fault. The fault has been relatively quiet for the past 500 years, but the strain placed on the Garlock Fault by July's earthquake activity triggered it to start creeping. Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star via USA TODAY Network. Red circle is the Eastern California Shear Zone. We were told that those earthquakes “did not cause much damage”, but now we are learning that those quakes actually “caused an estimated $200 million in damage”…. The earthquake, which occurred July 5th, was the second large earthquake to hit the area in two days and the largest in Southern California in 20 years. Those near the epicenter may feel shaking before they get an alert saying: "Earthquake, earthquake. But since the Ridgecrest quakes, that major earthquake fault has begun to move. A major Garlock … A large temblor hasn't erupted on the Garlock in about 500 years, the assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech added. The powerful earthquake that rocked California earlier this month caused an estimated $200 million in damage. Expect Shaking. The earthquake, which occurred July 5th, was the second large earthquake to hit the area in two days and the largest in Southern California in 20 years. Firefighters work to put out a house fire, the morning after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck in the area, on July 6, 2019 in Ridgecrest, Calif. According to the Los Angeles Times, there have been more than 80,000 earthquakes in the state since July 4th, and most of those quakes were aftershocks of the two very large events that hit the Ridgecrest area early in the month. So when researchers detected strange seismic activity along a major California fault line this week, it prompted a familiar question: Is the Big One coming? In the end, this could turn out to be nothing, but there are a couple of reasons why we want to keep a very close eye on the Garlock fault. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News. Highway workers repair a hole that opened in the road as a result of the July 5, 2019 earthquake, near Ridgecrest, California about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, early in the morning on July 6, 2019. A man walks in the middle of fallen and broken bottles in a gas station and liquor store the 178 after an earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif. July 6, 2019. On Thursday, scientists released a study warning that the Garlock fault, which runs through the Mojave Desert in southern California, has been moving for the first time on record. Storyful. About one-fifth the length of the San Andreas, the Garlock Fault runs along the Mojave Desert in Southern California. In fact, if a magnitude 9.1 earthquake were to hit southern California, it would be exactly 1000 times more powerful than the magnitude 7.1 quake that happened back on July 5th. Red arrow is the San Andreas fault. We have started to see aftershocks creep toward two of the largest fault lines in southern California, and this is making seismologists very nervous. Scientists knew almost immediately that two large quakes that hit near Ridgecrest earlier this month did not come from the San Andreas. Highway workers repair a hole that opened in the road as a result of the July 5, 2019 earthquake, near Ridgecrest, California about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, early in the morning on July 6, 2019. The fault has slipped 0.8 inches (2 centimeters) at the surface since July, the scientists said. The base remains accessible only to mission essential personnel. In modern record-keeping, the fault has been completely dormant. Visitors cross highway 178 next to a crack left on the road by an earthquake, July 7, 2019, near Ridgecrest, Calif. Alexandria Johnson, at right, whose home was damaged by an earthquake, prays with fellow congregants including Sara Smith, left, in the aftermath of an earthquake at the Christian Fellowship of Trona, July 7, 2019, in Trona, Calif. A 'Base Closed' sign is posted outside the main gate to Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake on July 7, 2019 in Ridgecrest, Calif. NAWS China Lake is currently "not mission capable until further notice" following a series of earthquakes nearby. For well over 500 years the fault, running in an east-west direction for nearly 200 miles, has been silent. The California Geological Survey's interactive map allows users to identify the location and classification of faults throughout California. The Scodie Lineament is a zone of microseismicity extending southwest (paralleling the Garlock Fault) from near Walker Pass (due west of Ridgecrest) to align with the White Wolf Fault, scene of the 1952 Kern County earthquake south of Bakersfield. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com. A 7.1 earthquake, the second hitting in as many days, located in the same area some 11 miles from Ridgecrest and 150 miles North of Los Angeles shook Southern California tonight. "So, it's not just thinking about the largest, most damaging potential scenarios like events on the San Andreas, but remembering that there's a potential for hazard pretty much all over the place.". Bill Harvey surveys the contents of his kitchen cupboards on Saturday July 6, 2019 after the 7.1 M earthquake that hit Trona, Calif. dumped everything onto the floor. The Garlock Fault has been relatively quiet for 500 years. The Eastridge Market Liquor store in Ridgecrest, Calif. remained open for business on Saturday July 6, 2019 in spite of the mess made by the 7.1 M earthquake on Friday, July 5. While most of the fault is locked, cer­tain seg­ments have been shown to move by aseis­mic creep, which is mo­tion with­out re­sult­ing earth­quakes. The infamous San Andreas Fault. Secondly, the Garlock fault runs directly into the San Andreas fault, and many believe that a major quake along one could potentially trigger a major quake along the other. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. It is named after the historic mining town of Garlock, founded in 1894 by Eugene Garlock and now a ghost town. The 185-mile long Garlock fault, which runs east-west from the San Andreas Fault to Death Valley along the north end of the Mojave Desert, is just a … The recent aftershocks have been close to the Garlock Fault, a 160-mile strike-strip fault that runs northeast from the San Andreas Fault to the eastern Mojave Desert. For a long time the United States had been spared, but on July 4th and 5th that suddenly changed. A California fault that could produce a 8.0-magnitude earthquake began sliding following a series of July temblors, according to a new study. Three periods of volcanic activity have occurred within the Coso Range. Stretching for 250 kilometers (160 mi), it is the second-longest fault in California and one of the most prominent geological features in the southern part of the state. The Ridgecrest aftershocks have also headed southeast toward the Garlock fault, a lesser-known fault capable of producing an earthquake of magnitude 8 … About 20 faults created the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence, the study found, by triggering each other similar to dominoes. With the launch of the California's earthquake warning app, officials encourage all residents to download it as a precaution, regardless of how close they live to major faults. 1 magnitude hit in July and were followed by thousands of aftershocks. The Garlock fault line is near the Ridgecrest area where earthquakes measuring 6.4 magnitude and 7. According to the Los Angeles Times, there have been more than 80,000 earthquakes in the state since July 4th, and most of those quakes were aftershocks of the two very large events that hit the Ridgecrest area early in the month.. Over the past couple of weeks, however, a very unusual pattern has begun to emerge. A major southern California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 temblor started to move for the first time in 500 years following a series of earthquakes in … The Garlock fault ruptures on average every 1,300 years, said Tim Dawson, senior engineering geologist with the California Geological Survey, but earthquakes can occur as … Here is how the Los Angeles Times described what a “worst-case scenario” would look like…. The fault has been relatively quiet for the past 500 years, but the strain placed on the Garlock Fault by July's earthquake activity triggered it to start creeping. Bernard Brush steps over a new crack from the 7.1 M quake on Friday near the Old Guest House Museum in Trona, Calif. on Saturday July 6, 2019. They're not related, expert says: 2 quakes felt in San Francisco area in a matter of hours. The study was published on the same day the state of California released an earthquake early warning app and on the 30th anniversary of the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake along the San Andreas Fault. “ The Ridgecrest aftershocks have also headed southeast toward the Garlock fault, a lesser-known fault capable of producing an earthquake of magnitude 8 or more. "There is earthquake risk throughout the state," the FAQ page of the app website reads. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time. Jamie Lacevedo attempts to navigate her porch steps on Saturday July 6, 2019 after the foundation of her house was warped and bowed by the 7.1 M earthquake that hit Trona, Calif. on Friday, July 5. The Owens Valley fault runs roughly northwest-southeast starting near the northern tip of the Ridgecrest fault, and it … They have repeatedly warned us that the San Andreas fault is “locked and loaded” and that it has the potential to “unzip all at once”. Non-essential personnel were authorized to evacuate the base due to infrastructure concerns. While most of the fault is locked, certain segments have been shown to move by aseismic creep, which is motion without resulting earthquakes. The recent seismic activity in the state of California has taken a strange turn. The blue circle is where the … Garlock itself runs up against another, more significant, fault line. An employee works at the cash register at Ridgecrest Market, near broken bottles scattered on the floor, following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck in the area, on July 6, 2019 in Ridgecrest, California. An employee carries items for a customer past broken bottles scattered on the floor, following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck nearby, on July 6, 2019 in Ridgecrest, Calif. Click here to use the California fault activity map. A second 7.1 earthquake located in the same area 11 miles from Ridgecrest and 150 miles North of Los Angeles shook Southern California on July 5, 2019. “Some aftershocks have rumbled northwest of the Searles Valley earthquake, approaching the Owens Valley fault. Basalt was the primary magma type erupted during the oldest episode, which started 6 million years ago. The Garlock fault extends from the San Andreas Fault in the west to Death Valley in the east, and hasn’t had a major earthquake in about 500 years. There has never been a 8.0 earthquake in California; the strongest on record is a 7.9 near Fort Tejon in 1857, according to the state's Department of Conservation. A worst-case scenario would be a magnitude 7.7 earthquake that begins on the eastern end of the Garlock fault in eastern San Bernardino County and unlocks the fault to the southwest, bringing severe shaking to towns such as California City and Tehachapi; Edwards Air Force Base and Lancaster would see very strong shaking. The recent seismic activity in the state of California has taken a strange turn. So if relatively minor earthquakes can cause that much economic damage, what would an earthquake 1,000 times more powerful do? Hopefully it will not happen any time soon, but seismologists assure us that it is only a matter of time before “the Big One” strikes California. It now has begun a process called fault creep and has slipped 0.8 inch since July, the research found. “The Ridgecrest earthquake, the magnitude 7.1, basically ended only a few miles away from this Garlock fault.” Ross, who was the lead author … Since that time, there have been more than 80,000 earthquakes in the state of California, and this is just the beginning of the shaking that is coming. Drop Cover and Hold On. The Garlock Fault marks the northern boundary of the area known as the Mojave Block, as well as the southern ends of the Sierra Nevada and the valleys of the westernmost Basin and Range province. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The fault along the northern edge of the Mojave Desert can send shaking south and west into Bakersfield and Ventura and Los Angeles counties.”. Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. ", How much advance notice users get will vary depending on distance from the origin of the earthquake, the page says. USGS geophysicist Dr. Robert Graves gave insight into the recent earthquake activity that caused an M6.4 and M7.1 quake to rattle SoCal within 24 hours. This may indicate that the Garlock Fault is in the late stages of its earthquake cycle. How the movement could affect the danger of future earthquakes, Ross said, is to be determined. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. The Garlock fault line isn’t known to many in a state hyper-focused on the more famous San Andreas fault, but it could turn out to be the more deadly result. But the unprecedented movement on the 160-mile-long Garlock Fault isn't the only takeaway, said Zachary Ross, lead author of the study from scientists at the California Institute of Technology and NASA. According to the Los Angeles Times, there have been more than 80,000 earthquakes in the state since July 4th, and most of those quakes were aftershocks of the two very large events that hit the Ridgecrest area early in the month. Southern California was hit by its largest earthquake in two decades on July 5, a 7.1-magnitude tremor that rattled residents who were already reeling from another strong quake a day earlier. The rupture from the second quake in the Ridgecrest sequence ended only a few miles from Garlock, which triggered the fault to begin slowly moving. The Garlock Fault moves at a rate of between 2 and 11 mm a year, with an average slip of around 7 millimeters. 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