Earthquake Swarm Rattles Southern California Lake
An earthquake swarm hit the Salton Sea on Sunday. During the seismic event, at least three dozen temblors, ranging up to a 3.2 magnitude, lasted into the early hours of Monday morning. The most recent quake in the swarm struck the area at 5:50 AM PST on Monday.
While most of the quakes fell below a 2.5 magnitude, the largest of the swarm – a 3.2 magnitude quake – occurred at 11:20 AM on Sunday at a depth of 4 miles.
This isn’t the first swarm of quakes to shake the sea – just last weekend another earthquake swarm with quakes registering upwards of 4.6 and 5.3 magnitudes struck the region.
The latest earthquake swarm follows the troubling trend of increased seismic activity in the area.
That’s because every time there is an earthquake, it increases the chances for another large quake to occur. The good news? There’s no need to worry about a tsunami occurring in the Salton Sea from the shaking.
Unlike other large bodies of water in California – like Lake Tahoe, for example, which has experienced tsunamis – the Salton Sea is far too shallow to trigger such an event.
Seismologist Lucy Jones tweeted about the earthquake swarm in the Salton Sea, reassuring residents that a large earthquake would not move much water.
“Salton Sea can get a-sloshin’, but the shallow depth means it will not be moving much water,” she tweeted about the seismic event. “Tsunamis are usually an abrupt change in sea level caused by an abrupt change in the height of the seafloor. Seiches are the sloshing in a confined body that can be triggered by shaking.”
If you live in Southern California, it’s important to be proactive about earthquake safety – as there’s a 60% probability that an earthquake measuring in the 6.7 magnitude range will occur along the San Andreas fault in the next 30 years.
If you own a home in or around Los Angeles, it’s important to have the property inspected for earthquake retrofits.
Most older homes built in Los Angeles, especially those before 1985, are lacking the modern structural reinforcements to withstand the shaking from a large earthquake.
Luckily, earthquake retrofitting is a cost-effective solution that can reinforce a home’s existing foundation by adding extra hardware to make it more resistant to sliding off its foundation during an earthquake.
If you think your home is in need of earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!
Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.
When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.
And in order to keep foundation repair affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.
Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.