Do you agree that it's impossible that LA gets hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. What people are worrying about?
- Anonymous7 months ago
Earthquake science is an imprecise science.
- Atarah DerekLv 77 months ago
Oh, LA will surely feel the M9 Cascadia quake, if only as moderate shaking that lasts a disturbingly long time (three to ten minutes, to be precise). But the San Andreas, being a transform plate boundary, won't be what produces it. Only megathrust faults, found at subduction zones, are capable of producing anything above an M8.5. Even the 8.6 that occurred in the Himalayas once upon a time was the result of subduction beneath the fusion point.
- RetiefLv 77 months ago
It is not impossible, just highly unlikely.
- MarkLv 77 months ago
No, it's quite possible for LA to have a 9.0 earthquake. Actually, most of the cities on the West Coast of North America are subject to that.
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- busterwasmycatLv 77 months ago
I would not see any good argument to say that a mag 9.0 quake is impossible in the LA region.
- CarolOklaNolaLv 77 months ago
No, I do not agree. While it is unlikely that the west coast, more specifically southwest California, will get a Richter scale 9 or higher earthquake, it IS possible. The October, 1989 earthquake in the Bay area was an 8.6. The strongest earthquake so far on record was a .9.6 The 1964 earthquake in Alaska is in the top 10 earthquakes, after Krakatoa and Their/Santorini, which was probably the origin of the Atlantis myth.
The Richter scale is a logarithmic scale, not a linear scale.
What are you going to do when Mt . Ranier wakes up and does a Mt. St. Helen's lateral eruption and wipes out Seattle and Portland with ash?
What is NOT going to happen is part of California sliding into the Pacific. The recent earthquakes were not along the San Andreas fault.
- billrussell42Lv 77 months ago
no I don't agree, it's entirely possible.
- BillLv 67 months ago
no I don't agree
the standreas fault line is east of california and runs from mexico to canada
there is a very real chance of an earthquake of suck magnititude that california is shifted away from mainland america and becomes an island state