Latest earthquake could change understanding of the phenomina

This semi-liquid region would allow the shock waves to travel further and generate more force.
By James Carlin | Oct 12, 2016
Earthquakes are one of the hardest natural phenomena to control. This is because they are incredibly hard to predict and even more difficult to control its damage. Seismologists have hard a daunting task of predicting their occurrence. Even the latest tech they have only been able to predict the quakes with a 30 percent accuracy.

After the latest California earthquake, scientists are starting to realize that their understanding may be off. Initial studies show that epicenters emerge 15 miles from the earth's crust. No earthquake epicenter had appeared lower. However, the latest research shows that they can appear even deeper.

But the greatest fear of this discovery indicates that the source of a quake can be located in the magma region of the earth. This semi-liquid region would allow the shock waves to travel further and generate more force.

"That got us thinking that if earthquakes want to get big, one way of achieving that is by penetrating deeper, "said seismologist Jean Ampuero. "The big question is: If the next, larger earthquake happens if it manages to penetrate deeper than we think, it may be bigger than we expect."

Indeed, his fear is valid with the largest Earthquake ever recorded emerged just less than 15 miles. The reverse is also true as a weak earthquakes' epicenter is usually closer to the crust. This rigid area of the earth does not allow as much energy and vibration to travel through it. Due to its closeness to the surface, the waves do not travel a significant distance.

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