Science: Earthquake Alert

Honeycombed with literally thousands of geological faults, California has already had its share of earthquakes. But, warns a California Institute of Technology geophysicist, the state may soon be in for another. James Whitcomb, 35, said last week measurements suggest that an earthquake ranging in magnitude from 5.5 to 6.5 on the Richter scale could occur within the next year in an area 87 miles in diameter that covers part of Los Angeles and the San Fernando and Antelope valleys. It includes the portion of the San Fernando where a major upheaval killed 58...

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