| Are Tiny Tremblors on the West Coast a Signal of a Coming Major Earthquake?
We did have an 8.0 earthuake but it was in Peru, most likely totally unrelated though. via The Charlotte Observer: A series of tiny quakes rattling California and the Pacific Northwest may signal an upcoming catastrophic earthquake, seismologists say, KOIN reported. Or experts say they might just be another reminder that the pressure's always building on fault lines beneath the West Coast, KATU reported. "Those are just reminders," said Scott Burns, a Portland State University geology professor, according to the station. "We don't know what they mean. They are reminders that we are in earthquake country, and they may be precursors to the 'big one.'" The tremors are indications of a "slow-slip" event, says Ken Creager, a University of Washington professor, KOMO reported. In a slow-slip movement, which takes place every 14 months or so, a tectonic plate temporarily moves backward, causing a series of small quakes, KOIN reported. The slippage also increases pressure on "locked" faults,