Big quakes happen in the morning, especially during periods of earthquake weather. The SCEC sets the record straight on these and other earthquake myths.
The first strong earthquake detailed in California history occurred in the Los Angeles area in 1769. Here, see what’s happened since then.
Alaska may have had the nation’s largest quake, but California’s had the most. Here, the full list of quakes in the United States that were magnitude 7 or greater.
For a compendium of historic quakes in the region, click your way around this map from the SCEC. Along with a description of each quake, you’ll find an animated explanation of the type of fault that caused it.
Last November, California took part in the largest earthquake preparedness drill in U.S. history. Called the Great California ShakeOut, it was based on the notion of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, one that originates at the Salton Sea on the San Andreas Fault and rupturing northward 190 miles. Participating experts (and there were many) estimated that such a quake would kill 1,800 people, injure 50,000, and cause $200 billion in damage. Go here for related podcasts, videos, and other materials.