On Tuesday, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, Calif., released a study claiming a 7.3 magnitude earthquake along the Southern California coast was possible. It wouldn’t be “the big one” that people fear most along the San Andreas Fault, though, it’d be along the Newport-Inglewood/Rose Canyon, which lines the coast from Newport Beach to San Diego.
“This system is mostly offshore but never more than four miles from the San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles County coast,” Valerie Sahakian, the lead author of the study, said in a statement. “Even if you have a high 5- or low 6-magnitude earthquake, it can still have a major impact on those regions which are some of the most densely populated in California.”
Sahakian and her team used two earthquake-strength estimation methods and found that an earthquake would be estimated between a magnitude 6.7 and 7.4.
The population-dense region is also dense in wineries and breweries. The below map shows the wineries and breweries that would be most impacted by an earthquake. To determine which locations would be included, we searched for locations within 40 miles from the fault line. Wineries are represented in purple with a martini glass icon, and breweries are in black with a house icon.