Report: Strong quake certain to hit California in the future

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Posted: Mar 10, 2015 3:42 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new report says California faces a greater than 99 percent chance of being rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years.

The report Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey found that the odds of a magnitude-6.7 quake similar in size to the 1994 Northridge disaster was higher in Northern California than Southern California — 95 percent versus 93 percent.

The seismic risks are similar to a 2008 report by the USGS. Back then, seismologists also determined that California faces an almost certain risk of a strong quake.

Of all the faults that crisscross California, the southern San Andreas Fault remains the most dangerous because it hasn't ruptured in a long time.

The report is a forecast, but it is not a prediction.