July 3, 2013

San Andreas Earthquakes Cause Colorado River Flooding

“The San Andreas Fault in Southern California is reportedly overdue for a major earthquake. Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography believe they may know why. According to researchers, in addition to ending flooding, damming projects along the Colorado River may have altered seismic activity in the area. Prior to the damming projects, weight from the floodwaters put pressure on faults in the region, helping to trigger earthquakes.


San Andreas Earthquakes Cause Colorado River Flooding

Although researchers are able to correlate past flooding with major earthquakes in the region as far back as the 10th century, they cannot pinpoint whether the lack of flooding is delaying the area’s next major earthquake.”

More information:

Miami Herald

Wikipedia Article on the San Andreas Fault