>> The so called Ring of Fire in the Pacific Rim seeing several big quakes in the past three days. On Thursday, a magnitude 6.5 quake hitting off the coast of Northern California followed by a magnitude 7.8 quake hitting off the Solomon Islands. And those follow the deadly magnitude 6.5 quake in Indonesia Wednesday, that's left over 100 dead.
The worst disaster to hit that area since the tsunami in 2004.>> I'm Reuters Jane Lin Huni in San Francisco. So is all that a prelude to something bigger? Seismologist Annemarie Baltay of the US Geological Survey tells me no. The events are too far apart to be related or to impact each other.
>> But Thursday's quake off the coast of California, a good reminder that in the San Francisco Bay Area, there's a more than 70% chance that a magnitude 6.7 earthquake will hit in the next 30 years. This week's spate of quakes follow another big shake in Japan last month in the same area hit badly in 2011 with the tsunami that resulted in the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.