The Shakiest Earthquake Myths Debunked

Recent tremors in California have brought up some common misconceptions

Popular Science
Jul 10 · 7 min read
The San Andreas fault in California Sierra Madre Mountains, midway between Bakersfield and Santa Barbara. Photo: Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images

By Ula Chrobak

Back-to-back tremors shook up Southern California last week. A magnitude 6.4 quake struck Thursday morning, followed by a magnitude 7.1 event Friday night. Both occurred near the small city of Ridgecrest, located about 122 miles…

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