Earthquake Threat Diminished


Last updated 10/4/2016 at 9:41am

The quake warning established following the cluster of earthquakes at the Salton Sea is due to expire today, at midday. Although smaller magnitude temblors have been recorded over the last few days, Thomas H. Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center says “I would say the risk is declining".

U.S. Geological Survey research seismologist Rob Graves said he thought the elevated risk of a San Andreas earthquake has largely receded to the background level of risk found in any given week.

“It’s getting pretty close to the background level — which is not zero; there’s always a chance of having a major earthquake,” Graves said. “It’s been almost a week since the swarm activity has subsided, and so that’s about the time window we’d be looking at for its effects to diminish.”