California has been a hotspot for seismic activity, and experts have been warning of a theoretical "Big" for some time. When the Big One hits, it will devastate Golden State, at least 7.8 on the Richter scale, according to the USGS. This is because California sits atop tectonic plates in North America and the Pacific, and the San Andreas fault breaks through it.
The plates are moving at a very slow speed, about two millimeters a year, but the tension has been developing for centuries, and one day it will unlock a large earthquake.
According to a 2008 model by the USGS, an earthquake of 7.8 along California could "cause about 1,800 deaths and $ 213 billion in economic losses."
Now, one geologist has warned that he will not has a warning for the Big One and may even hit "tomorrow."
Eric Last, who studies geology at the University of California Davis, told Quora's Q + A site: "Somewhere along the line, we will get a California quake that is large enough and close enough to a densely populated area to cause massive destruction. and loss of life.
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In particular, the San Andreas fault is of great concern to seismologists, with many claiming it has long been tremendously shaken.
Dr. Thomas Rockwell, Professor of Geology at San Diego State University and paleo -ologist. KPBS News: "I'm sure you've heard of the San Andreas earthquake failure, so from the dating of past earthquakes we know that the average periodic interval is about 180 years.
"It has already been 380 years since the last major earthquake, so this has led to the idea that we may be late for an earthquake.
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The Ring of Fire is the largest and most active fault line in the world, extending from New Zealand, around the east coast of Asia, all the way to Canada and the United States, and up to the southern tip of South America, causing more than 90 percent from earthquakes in the world.
The plates that form the Ring of Fire are so huge that even the smallest shift leads to massive tremors, volcanic activity and tsunamis.