Seismologists suspect earthquake on San Andreas Fault is imminent despite odd attenuation parameters

Source(s): PhysOrg, Omicron Technology Ltd

A trio of seismologists affiliated with Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley reports that a part of the San Andreas Fault, at Parkfield, is not producing signals that would suggest an earthquake is going to happen any time soon, but they assert there are factors that suggest otherwise.


The research team notes that the last earthquake to occur in the area was approximately 14 years late. But that was because other earthquakes occurred in close enough proximity to take the pressure off Parkfield—that is not the case this time around. Still, the researchers believe a quake is going to happen soon because of other factors.

These include in nearby parts of the that could lead to an , but with a somewhat displaced epicenter.

The researchers do not have high confidence in their readings; thus, they are not going to be making any formal predictions. Instead, they suggest, as is always the case with earthquakes, everyone will just have to wait and see what happens. In this case, though, waiting is not such a problem—hardly anyone lives in the area.

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