Recent California earthquake sparks talk of 'the big one'

Published: Jul. 8, 2019 at 5:07 PM MDT
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The recent earthquakes in California have some seismologists saying this could be the predecessor to "the big one."

Following the 6.4 magnitude earthquake Thursday, Lucy Jones a seismologist at Cal-Tech warned that a larger earthquake could happen within the next few days. And she was right. Just Friday, a 7.1 magnitude quake rocked the same area.

This has led to some worrying about the big one, however KMVT talked with Shawn Willsey, a geology professor from the College of Southern Idaho, who said this quake doesn't increase or decrease the probability of a larger earthquake in southern California.

“This recent one was, wasn't even on the San Andreas Fault. It was on a secondary fault, that's actually further east than the San Andreas Fault," he said. "So when everyone talks about the big one, they're talking about a bigger earthquake on the southern part of the San Andreas Fault, and this wasn't even on the fault system."

Willsey also said that if a big earthquake were to happen, we would not feel it in Idaho, as the waves would have to travel hundreds of miles, and through multiple types of rocks.

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