The US is overdue for an earthquake that registers more than 7.0 on the Richter scale. However, the source of this mega-quake could occur in an area completely different from California, the state in which most of the earthquakes within the country occur.
A majority of Americans know about the San Andreas fault that runs throughout the state of California. Even a movie called ‘San Andreas’ was released in 2015 in which a major earthquake struck California. Nevertheless, southern California remains prepared for a large earthquake because the last one occurred in 1857. Seismologists have calculated that a major earthquake occurs in southern California every 110 to 140 years. That would have put the time period between 1967 and 1997. Fortunately, that major earthquake has not happened even though the statistics show that the mega-quake is overdue in So Cal by about 22 years.
Little-known Earthquake zone
A previously dormant zone has once again cropped up in the Pacific Northwest. This earthquake zone is called the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Over the past 3,500 years, the northwest portions of the USA and Canada have experienced a major earthquake every 200 to 900 years. The last mega-quake in this area occurred in 1700.
Although this area has been dormant for over three hundred years, thousands of new tremors have been occurring in Washington and in Oregon over the past few months in 2019. These tremors have basically popped out of nowhere which means that more tremors will be coming.
The sobering thought is that a large earthquake is within range of happening in either area along the West Coast by the end of this year. We must be prepared to help those who will be affected because this would definitely be the largest natural disaster in US history. The current US administration will not be able to handle such a catastrophe. You must be prepared because the great earthquake of 2019 is coming.