Jun 21, 2017 09:31 PM EDT
An earthquake recently hit Coachella Valley. While it was not the "Big One", it still was scary.
According to My News LA, the earthquake measured 3.5 in magnitude. Its epicenter was located about five miles southwest of Idyllwild. Reportedly, the shaking last for a few seconds only, but it reminded the people about the San Andreas Fault that runs through the area.
As a matter of fact, rumors claim that the region is already overdue to "giant earthquake". This anticipated "Big One" may measure over 8.0 on the Richter scale. With that amount of force, death and destruction are imminent throughout Southern California. For the record, no injuries were accounted for the Idyllwild quake.
Per Phys.org, the signs of the "Big One" are found in Desert Hot Springs. The rise of mountains that created the Coachella Valley also confirms that San Andreas Fault runs through it. Moreover, the oases and palm trees in the area are made possible due to earthquakes that pulverized the rocks. It then allowed the springs to burst to the surface.
USGS research geologist Kate Scharer noticed how one side of a hill within the said perimeter has moved northward compared to the right side. The gap between them was the fault. Scharer also noted how an old lower canyon severed from the upper canyon and its primeval source of water.
In Coachella Valley, scientists have been installing new seismic equipment. Although earthquakes could not be predicted, the experts are hoping to make the most out of today's technology for the best warning system possible. However, the earliest caution may come in few minutes or seconds only before the "Big One".
Unfortunately, the project is in danger. For one, it may lose the sufficient funding needed. President Donald Trump's proposed budget suggests ending federal funding for the early warning system. Southern California's elected officials in Congress, meanwhile, have voiced support for continuing funding of the project.
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