On Wednesday, May 29th, Dr. Ken Hudnut, a geophysicist from the U.S. Geological Survey, took the Town Hall Los Angeles stage to discuss the myriad earthquake issues affecting the Los Angeles region.

Perhaps the most exciting was a video that showcased the effects of how an earthquake travels – a phenomenon he explained that has a speed of 7,000 miles per hour while coursing through a fault line – and the impact a quake can have on a city

Dr. Hudnut also went into detail about the other fault lines, in addition to the famed San Adreas fault, that plague Southern California. The Palos Verdes fault, the Inglewood-Newport fault, and the Hollywood-Santa Monica fault all exist within the greater L.A. area and if activated, can pose serious threats to our city. He also explained that post-earthquake fires can account for a majority of the damage done to cities, that climate change can impact enhanced earthquake activity due to liquefaction of the soil, and that an earthquake in one fault line can trigger quakes in other fault lines as well.

The morning Coffee & Conversations event was nearly sold out and sparked a ton of audience questions – mostly from Angelenos wanting to see when the next quake would hit!

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