Study pinpoints likely site of next big China quake
WASHINGTON (AFP) - It is impossible to predict when the next big earthquake will hit, but researchers said Thursday they have a good idea of where in China such a temblor is likely.
The hot zone is a 60-kilometer segment of the Longmenshan fault which divides the Tibetan Plateau from the Sichuan Basin in southwestern China, said the study in the journal Seismological Research Letters.
The area is northeast of the Lushan rupture zone, and is under pressure as a result of a pair of deadly quakes in Sichuan province in 2008 and 2013, the study said.
That particular segment "is most likely to produce the next big earthquake in this region," said the study, led by Mian Liu of the University of Missouri.