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Warning: 7.0 Quake May Strike Southern California

After a series of small tremors shook the Salton Sea region about 100 miles east of San Diego last week, authorities placed residents of southern California on heightened alert: Be prepared for a much bigger earthquake, they warned. Seismologists recorded a swarm of more than 200 quakes in quick succession, three of which exceeded magnitude 4.0, which threatened to trigger movement in the San Andreas fault less than four miles away.
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