The U.S. Geological Survey said that an earthquake may occur this Tuesday.
The said earthquake is predicted to have a 7.0 magnitude. Swarms of seismic activities at the Salton Sea warned scientists that there might be a higher risk for a huge San Andreas fault earthquake to occur.
In a rare move, San Bernardino city officials have already shut down their city hall
since the said building doesn’t meet seismic standards.
San Bernardino City Manager said, “We haven’t had an alert like this. We’re not trying to suggest that the alert is an impending catastrophe. We’re just trying to use an abundance of caution. We care about the safety of the public and our employees.”
Residents also started to stock up emergency supplies.
The risk had lessened by Monday, according to reports.
Thomas H. Jordan, Southern California Earthquake Center director, said
, “I would say the risk is declining. It (swarm of seismic activities) really hasn’t been very active in the last couple of days. It’s been pretty quiet.”
Seismologist of U.S. Geological Survey, Rob Graves commented, “It’s getting pretty close to the background level — which is not zero; there’s always a chance of having a major earthquake. “It’s been almost a week since the swarm activity has subsided, and so that’s about the time window we’d be looking at for its effects to diminish.”