BERKELEY (CBS SF) – The snow is finally starting to melt after a long wet winter, and according to researchers, that could mean more earthquakes.
Researchers at U.C. Berkeley say the weight of the rain and snow puts pressure on the mountains. As the water begins to run off and the ground begins to dry out – the earth’s crust starts to flex, triggering quakes.READ MORE: Antioch Teen Fatally Wounded In Saturday Night Shooting; Angry Crowd Confronts Police
“These stress changes are just giving it that little bit of a push over the edge, and makes these faults rupture earlier,” says U.C. Berkeley’s Christopher Johnson.READ MORE: 'The Father Is A Hero'; Oakland Man, 1-Year-Old Daughter Die In Horrific Arson Fire
Researchers looked at more than 3,000 earthquakes over a nine-year period.MORE NEWS: Video: Solano County Sheriff's K9 Subdues Suspect Fleeing On Foot After High-Speed Pursuit
The exceptionally wet winters came with an increase in smaller quakes. And this year, we saw an exceptionally wet winter.