Merchandise is strewn across the floor in a La Habra Walgreens following Friday night’s 5.1 earthquake. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Blaine, Ohigashi)
Fault Could Cause ‘Quake From Hell’ in LA
Puente Hills bigger threat to LA than San Andreas
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
The San Andreas fault is famous, but the lesser-known fault that caused Friday night’s 5.1 earthquake could be the one that delivers the “Big One” that devastates Los Angeles, experts warn. The Puente Hills fault runs under downtown Los Angeles into Hollywood, near many older buildings, and the US Geological Survey estimates that a 7.5 quake along the fault could kill up to 18,000 people and cause up to $250 billion in damage, the AP finds. An even stronger quake along the San Andreas would be less damaging, experts say.
A major quake along the fault “would be very damaging to central Los Angeles,” the director of the Southern California Earthquake Center tells CBS