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Probability of an Earthquake
Los Angeles Region

Earthquake Damage in Northridge, 1994

Earthquake damage in Northridge, 1994. Photo courtesy of FEMA.

Within the next 30 years (from 2014), the probability of a major earthquake in the Los Angeles region is:
Magnitude 6.7: 60% (Equal to 1994 Northridge Earthquake)
Magnitude 7.0: 46% (Very serious damage)
Magnitude 7.5: 31% (About 5X destructive energy of 7.0)
Magnitude 8.0: 7% (Tremendous destruction & loss of life)

Source: U.S. Geological Service
See Richter Magnitude Scale for a description of the impact of various magnitude levels.


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