A California earthquake prediction points to an event even more dire than the 5.1 quake that shook Los Angeles on Friday, with seismologists saying a devastating earthquake could be on the way.
The 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Los Angeles on Friday evening caused scattered damage around Southern California, including water main breaks and shattered glass. It also led to hundreds of aftershocks, the strongest being a 4.4 magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday.
But some seismologists are offering a more dire California earthquake prediction, saying the Los Angeles quake may have actually been a foreshock of a much larger tremor.
“There could be even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days,” said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones.
Jones added that there is a roughly 5 percent chance of a larger quake striking, but other seismologists have made a much more dire California earthquake prediction.
The northern region of California is home to a dangerous fault line known as the Cascadia subduction zone. While not as famous as southern California’s San Andreas fault, this zone may have a much more dangerous potential, seismologists say.