Fault Long Thought Dormant Could Devastate L.A.

Fault Long Thought Dormant Could Devastate L.A.
Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP

Scientists citing new research say an earthquake fault along the Los Angeles coast, previously believed to be dormant, is active and could cause a destructive 6.4 magnitude earthquake if it ruptured.

And if it linked with other faults, it could trigger an earthquake in the magnitude 7 range, according to a team of researchers from Harvard, USC and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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