Fault Line On California Coast Could Trigger Massive Earthquake

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Scientists believe a fault line running along the Los Angeles coast could trigger an absolutely massive earthquake one day.

A new study says the Palos Verdes fault zone – which runs for 70 miles along L.A. and Orange counties – could potentially trigger a 7.8 magnitude quake.

By contrast, the deadly 1994 San Francisco earthquake was only 6.7 magnitude.  A 7.8 magnitude quake would be 45 times stronger.

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