A Scary Wave of Earthquakes by the Salton Sea Rattles Real Estate’s Bargain-Basement

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By Masha Froliak | 6:50 pm, October 2, 2016

After a series of magnitude 4 earthquakes rolled through California’s Salton Sea last week, experts think it’s really bad news for the already benighted area. Seismologists are seriously concerned that the region, which lies on the San Andreas fault, might soon suffer a devastating major quake.

The Salton Sea is only about two and a half hours away from Los Angeles and– as Heat Street along with our partners in Free Media reported –- many young bargain-hunters have moved to the area in recent years. This Mad Max wasteland is now the epicenter of an unlikely real estate boom, with “beachfront” property available for only $99 down. The Salton Sea offers divine sunsets, an exotic landscape and affordable housing — but of course, there was a catch.

Many environmentalists have long called the Salton Sea a disaster in the making. Its lakebed is drying up and evaporating into clouds of foul-smelling dust. And it also sits right on top of the the San Andreas Fault, one of the world’s most seismically active areas.

Since September 26, more than 140 seismic events have been recorded near Bombay Beach along the Salton Sea. And scientists are expecting more to come.

Watch our exclusive video on the real estate boom by the Salton Sea.