A new study by researchers at Oregon State University suggests that the magnitude 6.7 earthquakes that struck Californias San Fernando Valley in 1971 and Northridge area in 1994 may have been about the most powerful quakes that this specific area can sustain. Results of the research were published this week in the journal Geology.
"The study points out the potential of using paleomagnetism to estimate maximum earthquake magnitudes in some regions," said Shaul Levi, a paleomagnetist and professor emeritus in OSUs College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences who was lead author of the study.
Co-authors were John Nabelek, a seismologist in the OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and professor emeritus Robert Yeats, from OSUs Department of Geosciences.
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