SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — During a presentation this week, the United States Geological Service unveiled a new technology that could help to predict earthquakes.
Geologists have been studying individual fault lines for a long time, but in recent years, they have gained a better understanding how how an earthquake on one fault can trigger quakes on another.
As a result, new maps and models have been created that reflect the relationships between different fault lines.
The new technology that was unveiled shows how faults can link up and make an earthquake that is larger than if they would be larger than if those faults were to rupture independently.
It will give a more accurate estimate of what the earthquake probabilities are throughout California. By knowing which parts of the state are at the greatest risk of an earthquake, researches hope to help people make informed decisions.