Geologist: Massive earthquake in North State unlikely

Monday, a state-certified geologist told Action News Now that the likelihood of a huge earthquake in the North State is low.

Posted: Jul 8, 2019 7:17 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2019 8:47 AM

CALIFORNIA - Monday, a state-certified geologist told Action News Now that the likelihood of a huge earthquake in the North State is low. 

"The max magnitude would be around the 5.0 area, and that would be around the Lake Almanor area and the west side of the valley," said Steve Kampfen. 

He says most of the major fault lines are outside of the North State area. 

Even the Battle Creek Fault zone, which is 22 miles toward the southern slopes of Mount Lassen, should not pose a threat because there has been very little activity from that fault zone. 

The last major earthquake in the North State was in 2013.

That one had a 5.7-magnitude and was centered approximately 50 miles northwest of Chico. 

Nearly two dozen aftershocks as strong as 3.6-magnitude followed after. 

 

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