Could California's Big One Be Around the Corner, Triggered by Japan's 9.0 Earthquake?
One man caused a lot of fright in California in recent days, and we're not talking about Gov. Jerry Brown.
tomvandeweghe Japan's big one.
Well, before you go calling him crazy, which many have, consider that he has a point:
The Pacific Plate that was part of the subduction zone rocker that devastated northern Japan (more via tsunami than quakery) leads right to California.
And while scientists don't have enough evidence yet to suggest cause and effect, the system of plates along the Pacific is interconnected, and the rupture of one fault can cause pressure on another.
After the Japan temblor we talked to USC's Jean-Pierre Bardet, a professor of civil engineering and a foremost expert on quakes.
He told us this: