The current spate of earthquake news suggests that larger quakes are occurring more often. According to a story by The Guardian, experts have cautioned that there may be a marked increase in the incidence of catastrophic earthquakes worldwide by 2022. Here are the top seven causes for the potential global increase in seismic activities. 2. Earthquakes are caused by a variety of geomorphological phenomena in addition to natural ones. The number of earthquakes caused by humans has increased as a result of activities like mining, nuclear explosions, and groundwater exploitation. Over 728 earthquakes may have been caused by human activity in the past 149 years, according to data currently available.
Ridgecrest had an earthquake on Thursday night. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude-4.6 earthquake occurred at 6:19 pm a little more than 8 miles northeast of Ridgecrest.
Earlier on Thursday, a tremor occurred just before noon near the Salton Sea and around 12:30 pm close to Lytle Creek in San Bernardino County. No injuries or damage were reported right away.
The Ridgecrest neighbourhood, which is tucked between denser parts of Southern California and Clark County in Las Vegas, has just 28,000 residents.
When a magnitude 6.4 foreshock in Ridgecrest was followed the next day by a magnitude 7.1 mainshock and subsequently more than 100,000 aftershocks, the people of that area were startled in July 2019. The earthquakes shattered buildings, buckled roadways, and burst gas lines, starting multiple home fires. The region had not experienced a shaker series of that size in almost 20 years.
Three primary shocks of magnitudes of 6.4, 5.4, and 7.1 make up the July 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes, each of which is followed by a flurry of subsequent shocks with a much smaller magnitude. The Eastern California Shear Zone (ECSZ), a seismically active zone east of the southern arm of the San Andreas Fault, was generated by the present tectonic stress that caused the Ridgecrest earthquakes.