LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Researchers say they’ve discovered a fault line along the northeastern edge of the Salton Sea that runs parallel to the San Andreas Fault.
The fault line’s close proximity to the San Andreas Fault could impact earthquake risk models for the Los Angeles area, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
“The newly mapped Salton Trough Fault, which runs parallel to the San Andreas Fault, could impact current seismic hazard models in the earthquake-prone region that includes the greater Los Angeles area,”researchers said in a statement. “Mapping of earthquake faults provides important information for earthquake rupture and ground-shaking models, which helps protect lives and reduce property loss from these natural hazards.
The discovery comes just a week after a swarm of 200 earthquakes were detected in the Salton Sea area, triggering a rare warning of a larger earthquake striking. That period of elevated risk expired Tuesday, seismologists said.