Megaquakes could be far more powerful than thought: Researchers find quakes can occur more than 15 MILES beneath California
Scientists in California have discovered evidence of earthquakes more than 15 miles beneath Earth’s surface, shaking up previous understanding on seismic behaviour.
Long-held beliefs have suggested that quakes happen at much shallower points, less than 12 to 15 miles deep, and are confined to the crust.
Now, researchers have found that the Newport-Inglewood fault, a major formation that spans the Los Angeles basin, is ‘seismically active down to the upper mantle.’
The discovery indicates that deeper, more powerful earthquakes than expected could be within the realm of possibility for this... read more
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