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    Cool Earthquakechella

    Tiny earthquakes rattle Indio area

    While not unprecedented, swarms usually closer to sea

    12:31 AM, Apr. 12, 2012


    There's a whole lot of shaking going on near the Coachella Valley.

    According to U.S. Geological Survey, 139 small earthquakes have occurred in the past 30 days in an area between 4 and 11 miles northeast of Indio.

    Most are in the magnitude-1 to -2 range, but the quakes reached magnitude-3.5 on April 3 and magnitude-3.0 on April 5. They are near but not on the San Andreas fault.

    “If you saw a sequence of events right on the San Andreas, you might get a little more nervous,” said Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough.

    Research shows that historically, the southern San Andreas fault that runs along the Coachella Valley's northern edge has had a major earthquake every 150 years. But it's been at least 300 years since the last major temblor on that section of the fault.

    “California has swarms like this fairly frequently,” Caltech seismologist Kate Hutton said.

    Hough also called the earthquake activity “certainly not unprecedented,” but noted in the area near the valley, swarms are most often associated with the highly active geothermal areas near the Salton Sea.

    “It's not entirely understood what's going on physically, but the Indio area is not a thermal volcanic area, she said.

    “It's not as common to get swarms in that area. But they occur in different places in California from time to time.”

    There is a small chance the earthquakes are foreshocks of a much bigger quake to come, Hutton said.

    “Unfortunately, there is no way at present to tell which ones,” she said.

    Hough said the chances that the small quakes could trigger a magnitude-6.0 or higher quake are “much less than 1 percent based on what we understand about earthquake statistics.”

    Indio resident Ken Lummus said he hasn't felt the earthquakes at his home on Westward Ho Drive.

    Like many valley residents, he said he's “semi-prepared” in the event of a major quake, but has more to do.

    As for the earthquake swarm, Lummus said, “I'm concerned, but what can you do about it?”

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    Default Re: Earthquakechella

    LOL read that this morning, thought it would freak out some festival goers reading the Desert Sun., even though it's nothing at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggins33 View Post
    LOL read that this morning, thought it would freak out some festival goers reading the Desert Sun., even though it's nothing at all.
    Really, no need to worry.

    "There is a small chance the earthquakes are foreshocks of a much bigger quake to come, Hutton said.

    “Unfortunately, there is no way at present to tell which ones,” she said."

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    I would love to have some minor earth tremors at Coachella so I can watch the people who aren't from SoCal get all freaked out about it. Seen it before elsewhere and it's pretty much hilarious every time. While the ground is still shaking, they have this horrified look on their face, and then afterwards, they get all excited. "OH MY GOD, THAT WAS MY FIRST REAL EARTHQUAKE!!!"

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    Sweet, lets have a thunderstorm with 60 mph winds followed by an earthquake on Friday the 13th. END OF THE WORLD AT COACHELLA, what better way to go
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    yay, people will get their earthquake cherries popped! what a way to have a memorable experience.

    personally, i think it's all the festival planning and logistics. the surrounding area is getting ready for a two-weekend whammy!
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    Default Re: Earthquakechella

    I've been through a few natural disasters.
    Bring it party GODS!
    "But Mouse, you are not alone,
    In proving foresight may be vain:
    The best laid schemes of mice and men
    Go often askew,
    And leaves us nothing but grief and pain,
    For promised joy!"

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    Default Re: Earthquakechella

    Earthquakes are very common. No need to fret

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    Its damn middle america that likes to laugh and say "Oh California you say? Hope an earthquake doesn't break you off from the rest of the country HURR HURR HERP DERP!"

    And then a tornado takes them away

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    Default Re: Earthquakechella

    Quote Originally Posted by CoachellaVet09 View Post
    Its damn middle america that likes to laugh and say "Oh California you say? Hope an earthquake doesn't break you off from the rest of the country HURR HURR HERP DERP!"

    And then a tornado takes them away
    And then they still don't have beaches either.

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