The California Office of Emergency Services has issued an earthquake advisory for Southern California. Alerting several counties that the probability of a major earthquake is more likely this week.
The earthquake advisory is in effect for the following counties: Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern and Imperial.
The advisory was issued following a series of small magnitude earthquakes near Bombay Beach, Salton Sea.
The California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council believes that stresses associated with this earthquake swarm may increase the probability of a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault by up to 1% until October 4.
“The scientist rated that there was an increased probability of up to 1% so a slight increase. Really at the end of the day it is a great reminder to us that we live in earthquake country and that earthquakes can strike, suddenly, violently and with no warning so everyones best bet is to be prepared prior to,” said Kevin McGowan with the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services.
While the Operation of Emergency Services prepares there are also a few things you can do as well.
“Drop, cover, and hold when an earthquake occurs. Prior to, have a disaster kit. Definitely an important thing 3-days at a minimum worth of water and food, extra clothing is important. If you have prescription medicine, definitely have prescription medicine on hand,” said McGowan.
After the earthquake stops shaking, there is one more thing you need to remember if you live along the coast.
“If it was a significant earthquake you should take action yourself and immediately leave the tsunami inundation zone by leaving, and heading inland or to high ground,” said McGowan.
For more tips on what to do prior to, during and after an earthquake please visit Ready Ventura County.
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