On Friday, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico’s Baja California at 8:41 a.m. PT.
The epicenter occurred southwest of Hermosillo Mexico, where the North America and Pacific plates meet.
Thankfully, there have been no reports of injuries or damage to the area, and there are no tsunami warnings in effect.
The earthquake raises concern for Angelinos as seismologist predict the “Big One” – a 7.0 magnitude earthquake or higher — is in California’s very near future thanks to the active San Andreas fault line that runs through the state.
According to a study that was published in a 2006, from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, earthquake activity along the San Andreas fault line has become more predictable.
In November, a swarm of smaller earthquakes along the fault caused scientists to raise the likelihood of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake or higher striking California in the next 30 years, from a 4.7 percent to a 7 percent chance!
As a California resident, it’s important to make sure you’re doing your part to prepare for the next big quake.
If you’ve purchased a home that was built before 1963, you should have your property inspected by a foundation specialist for seismic safety, and if necessary make all earthquake retrofits needed.
In addition to protecting your home, make sure you have an emergency survival kit prepared to sustain each person in your house for at least three days and evacuation routes planned.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to be proactive about earthquake preparation and safety.
Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.