Earths Crust Shifted By Easter Sunday Earthquake

06.24.10 | FL News Team

Radar images and data from NASA indicate the Mexicali-area earthquake on Easter Sunday was powerful enough to actually move the Earth's crust in Mexico up to ten feet. The "Los Angeles Times" reports the 7.2 temblor also shifted the crust some 31 inches across the border in Calexico, California. Jet Propulsion Laboratory geophysicist Eric Fielding says the shifts would be conspicuous in some places due to the crack in the Earth. However, it's not surprising that people may have not noticed because of the remote desert and agricultural areas where the shifts occurred. JPL's Andrea Donnellan says the temblor likely increased the chances of quakes on faults north of the Mexican border, including the San Jacinto and Elsinore faults. However, she emphasized it's too early to know which faults are candidates to rupture.