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SWARM OF EAST BAY AREA QUAKES COULD BE A SIGN OF MORE TO COME
San Diego, CA – (February 3, 2003) – The swarm of earthquakes in the East Bay Sunday could be a sign of things to come.
The two-dozen or so earthquakes that made up the swarm were located close to the northern end of the Calaveras Fault and not far from where a similar swarm occurred last November.
Geologists believe the swarm could be a precursor to a much bigger earthquake that could be even more devastating than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake. Scientists predict there is a 15 percent chance of a magnitude 6.7 quake or higher striking along the Calaveras Fault within the next 30 years.
The US Geological Survey estimates that if a major earthquake were to hit along the Fault, it would more than likely be felt throughout the entire East Bay, as well as in San Francisco.
As reported in the Mercury News, experts say because of the likelihood of such a quake, people ought to be prepared now.
“Sunday's quakes are Mother Nature's way of reminding us she has more up her sleeve,'' Bill Ellsworth, chief scientist of the US Geological Survey's earthquake hazards team, told the Mercury News.
Those expert comments further substantiate the ongoing message from a southern California earthquake mitigation specialist about the necessity of preparedness.
“What this means is that people shouldn’t ignore the need to be prepared,” said Quakehold Vice president Dean Reese. “Even though we live in earthquake country, people tend to be blasé about this force of nature and often will do nothing about it until it’s too late.
“Being prepared is our best defense against earthquakes.”
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