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Major earthquakes in Mexico normally have little impact on California-UC seismologist

by Rich Rodriguez

The major earthquake in Mexico a week ago didn't trigger any sizeable seismic activity 1500 miles away in Central California. But all that ground shaking can stir up quakes anywhere in the world.

Last Monday a 7.6 earthquake rocked Mexico's western state of Michoacan. Three days later a 6.8 aftershock shook the same region.

U.C. Riverside seismologist Aghijit Ghosh says quakes in Mexico can stimulate seismic activity 1500 miles away.

"This earthquake recently triggered earthquakes anywhere involving California but typically these triggered events are small, not damaging."

Ghosh is an associate professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

He says it's not just Mexico... Read more

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