Ridgecrest, California, Director discussed on KCBS Radio Midday News


A CBS news time ten forty two the recent earthquake in ridge quest is being studied by geologists across the state KCBS is Margie Shafer report from Moffett field lessons from the quick can be applied to the bay area the quake in ridgecrest was the largest earthquake to hit California in twenty years as director of the earthquake Science Center at the U. S. G. S. defect man this is a big rupture it was about forty five kilometers long and it broke the surface when they break the surface that gives us a chance to test our models how much did the fall really slip our models correct and they turn out there very close which is good news most of the effects of the earthquake and the rupture were on the naval air weapons station at China lake and the base has provided access escorts and information to help geologists do their work our also putting out seismometers near the rapture and geodetic things GPS receivers they'll tell us how the ground move during the earthquake those measurements can show how earthquakes can affect things like pipelines aqueducts roads and bridges in the coming weeks the USGS begins its move from Menlo Park to Moffett field but there will be no interruption to earthquake monitoring in northern California for leaving the seismic networks and field equipment behind in Menlo Park into we can replicate those facilities here at Moffett field once it's been replicated which could take up to three years turn it on here in Moffett field and then turn it off in Menlo Park Hickman says model show there's a thirty three percent chance in the next thirty years of a magnitude six point seven quake or greater on the Hayward fault which runs through many cities in the East Bay and a seventy two percent chance of an earthquake of that size somewhere in the bay area in the next thirty years we know these earthquakes are inevitable so people need to be prepared at Moffett field Margie Shafer KCBS just ahead on KCBS neighbors of a fire ravaged Santa Rosa neighborhood are fed up with what they've been missing since the fires.

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