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The Ridgecrest earthquakes in Southern California shook most of the state, as well as parts of Arizona, Nevada and Mexico, when three initial shocks of magnitudes (M) 6.4, 5.4, and 7.1 reverberated through the Garlock fault area in July 2019.
There is now a 2.3% chance that a section of the Garlock fault will see an earthquake of M 7.5 or greater in the next year, which has tripled the chance of a large earthquake on the San Andreas fault region, near Bakersfield, to 1.15% in the next year, according to a recent study in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. In turn, cities are faced with an increased need to prepare for such a disaster.

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