Is California dreaming? The US is in the middle of a major earthquake, says the World Meteorological Organization
Posted On July 3, 2021
California is about to experience its third major earthquake of 2017, and the world is starting to freak out.
The US Geological Survey says the earthquake is located at a depth of 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), and is centered in the Sacramento area, near the coast.
The quake will hit around 9:30pm local time (10:30am GMT) on Wednesday.
It’s not yet clear how many people will be hurt, but officials are warning that people should evacuate.
The earthquake has triggered landslides and power outages, and caused the closure of major highways and freeways, with some residents reportedly unable to get to work.
It has also caused a tsunami warning in the western Pacific, which is expected to hit the US east coast in less than 24 hours.
A number of other states are expected to be hit, as well, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Idaho Falls, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
The epicenter is expected be somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000 kilometres east of Sacramento.
“It’s been a fairly calm week in California, and we’re starting to see some more activity that hasn’t been there for a while,” said Dr Mark Tully, a seismologist at the US Geological Services.
“There have been some very active earthquakes in the past few days, and this is one that could bring more of that to the state.”
The epicentre was measured at 3,001 metres (11,000ft), which means that the quake will be bigger than the earthquake that struck Japan on March 15.
In 2017, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Japan, causing nearly 100 deaths and hundreds of buildings to collapse.