Every day, there are instrumentally recorded earthquakes in California and the world. In fact, thousands of aftershocks have been recorded since the July 5 Ridgecrest quake. But few quakes have a massive surface rupture and have been documented well enough to help scientists better understand large magnitude earthquakes.
“The Ridgecrest 7.1 earthquake is the first such large earthquakes since 1999, and we will learn a lot from it,” Akçiz says.
“We all live in earthquake country — and this is a good reminder to check your disaster kits and plans.”