A recent “swarm” of earthquakes to hit the Salton Sea area in Southern California has experts chattering about “the big one” yet again. While there’s no way to predict when a quake will happen, the location and frequency of these particular quakes are making seismologists question if we’re close to seeing another major quake on the San Andreas fault according to the LA Times:
The swarm began just after 4 a.m. Monday, starting earthquakes three to seven miles deep underneath the Salton Sea.
The biggest earthquakes hit later that morning, a 4.3, and then a pair later at night, another 4.3 followed by a 4.1. There was another burst of activity Tuesday night.
The earthquakes hit in a sparsely populated area, less than four miles from Bombay Beach, population 171, sitting on the edge of the Sonoran Desert. When swarms hit this area — the northern edge of the so-called Brawley Seismic Zone — it’s enough to give earthquake experts heartburn.