The Los Angeles Times, which likes to shake up readers periodically with earthquake stories, came up with a slightly different version over the weekend, with word from a researcher that sinking Santa Catalina island, a tourist destination off the Southern California coast, could pose a tsunami threat, observed Grumpy Editor.
And when is this likely to happen?
Times writer Rong-Gong Lin II, in the 13th paragraph of the story, indicated the researcher, Stanford graduate student Chris Castillo who presented his study at the Seismological Society of America meeting in Pasadena last week, estimated Santa Catalina is sinking an average of one millimeter every five years.
Translation: one inch in 127 years.
Underwater imaging, according to the researcher, suggested Santa Catalina could be fully submerged and the movement could pose a tsunami risk for Los Angeles and Orange counties --- in three million years.
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