United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists estimate that half of Americans, or 143 million people nationwide, live and work in areas that are exposed to potentially damaging earthquakes.
This risk is well-known to Southern California residents who live along the unpredictable San Andreas Fault.
So, what is the risk of a magnitude 8-earthquake, better known as “The Big One,” hitting the Santa Clarita Valley?
“It will happen for sure over the next 30 to 50 years, but there’s some change it will happen sooner,” said Dr. Vincent Devlahovich, geologist and professor of geology in the earth, space and environmental department at College of the Canyons. “There is really no way to tell.”
Devlahovich said that when “The Big One” does hit, it will rupture the southern section of the fault line which is located just north of Lake Castaic. Read more…