Geologists explain unusual earthquake activity in Yolo County

State geologists are tracking an unusual cluster of small earthquakes in Yolo County. (Nov. 22, 2016)

State geologists are keeping an eye on Yolo County, after a small cluster of magnitude 1.5 to 3.0 earthquakes hit the area over the last week.

"Wherever you live in California, you live in earthquake country,” said John G. Parrish, a state geologist for the Department of Conservation.

Parrish said the little temblors are taking place outside Woodland, in a spot where there’s no known fault line.

"These faults that they are on do not breach the surface,” Parrish said. “So, we haven't been able to map them yet. But we know there are lots of faults there."

Parrish believes these earthquakes are a result of movement from the Pacific Coast Range.

In Woodland, staff members at the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services are also keeping track of the recent earthquake activity.

"One of the most important things is always (to have) a first aid kit,” said Dana Carey, coordinator at the Yolo County OES.

Carey said these earthquakes should serve as a reminder to always be prepared for anything, that means have an emergency kit.

"Just simple basic things like toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels,” Carey said.

Still, experts said while this activity is unusual in Yolo County, it’s not uncommon for the state.

"In a state like California, which is after Alaska the most seismically active state in the nation, so we see these fault movements all the time,” Parrish said.

Copyright 2016 KXTV


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