Nevada Seismologists are closely monitoring for the area south-west of Hawthorne, Nevada, where on Sunday were recorded hundreds of earthquakes.
"There is some sense of concern … large earthquake with such consistency is quite common," said the director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada Graham Kent. He said that over the past few days to the south-west of Hawthorne, there were several hundred earthquakes. The largest was a magnitude of 4.4 points.
"This is the largest order that we have seen over the last couple of years." Kent said that in contrast to the earthquake in 2008 in Somersette that destroyed so many homes, these shocks, fortunately, did not hurt the locals.
Kent says, size is not the only reason why they are being watched closely. The location of these quakes is on top of the fault, which is still unknown and was not active. Then Kent made chilling comparison, "And that's because what's interesting about all these earthquakes we experienced. With the exception of Chile and Japan, Haiti, Baha, even Christchurch in New Zealand … they were all on unknown faults.
But Kent says just because those devastating earthquake occurred on unnamed faults, does not mean that a series of aftershocks near Hawthorne will necessarily lead to a major earthquake. Reno, Carson City and Las Vegas, all of them are on the fault lines. And now it is impossible to predict where the next big earthquake will happen.
"This is yet another reason why it is hardly worth looking at a map, spit, and say, they say, hurray, I am safe. We live in a country prone to earthquakes, and should be ready for them.
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