CALIFORNIA is “way overdue” a magnitude 8 earthquake dubbed the Big One by 204 years, according to renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku.
By SEBASTIAN KETTLEY
Fri, Jul 5, 2019
California was unexpectedly rocked by a powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Thursday, July 4 – the strongest to hit in 20 years. The earthquake struck around 6.30pm BST (10.30am PT) just 125 miles (201km) northeast of Los Angeles. Local residents recalled trembling houses and swaying chandeliers as aftershocks rocked the state after the initial quake. However, concerns are now growing across California a much bigger earthquake known as the Big One is brewing under the sunny state.
The Big One is a magnitude 8 earthquake said to strike California every few hundred years.
The last time an earthquake approached this level of destruction was on April 18, 1906, off the northern coast of California.
The 1906 event peaked at magnitude 7.9 and killed around 3,000 people, leaving another 250,000 homeless in the rubble.
Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and professor at the City College of New York, fears another 1906-type event in California is way overdue.
The scientist, book author and TV host took to social media to express his earthquake concerns.
In Dr Kaku’s estimate, the Big One could be at least 204 years overdue after a Big One last hit California in the 17th century.
He said: “The last Big One in the LA area was in 1680, over 300 years ago.
“The average cycle time for big earthquakes on the San Andreas fault is 135 years. We are way overdue.”