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Shaking Up the San Andreas Fault

Posted on Aug 20, 2010
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An aerial view of the San Andreas fault in the Carrizo Plain area of San Luis Obispo County.

While the threat of the Big One in Southern California’s earthquake culture is always present, a new report on the San Andreas fault suggests not only that more quakes have occurred along the fault than previously thought, but that California is “overdue for a huge temblor.”

Historical work found that massive quakes have occurred every 45 to 144 years along the notorious fault. —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

Major earthquakes along the San Andreas fault have occurred far more often than previously believed, according to a landmark study released Friday that suggests California is overdue for a huge temblor.

The long-awaited study came after scientists spent years studying the geology of the Carrizo Plain area of the San Andreas, which is about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The last massive earthquake on that part of the fault occurred in 1857. But researchers from UC Irvine and Arizona State University found that earthquakes have occurred as often as every 45 to 144 years.

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By samosamo, August 21, 2010 at 11:10 am Link to this comment


You know, I bet this at most only reminds californians that the
ground will shake every now and then, but it does more to scare
the bejesus out of the rest of the country. Don’t go to L.A. or S.F.
you might die in an earthquake. Better to move to New Madrid,
Missouri in the middle of the country, be real safe there, won’t

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By Alex, August 21, 2010 at 6:23 am Link to this comment
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- Southern California faults are feeling the
pressure… Seismologists are increasingly concerned
that the 7.2 Mexicali temblor on April 4 placed more
pressure on faults around the Southland, resulting in
increased quake activity over the last three
months…  US west coast at risk of “mega-quake”...
San Andreas-Like Fault Found in Eastern U.S…
California unveils new seismic map… Planet X
approaching consequences…. Australian Survey Buoy
Anomalies Offer New Evidence That Planet X is
Approaching From the South:

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By rollzone, August 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

hello. my sympathies you live in the superficial
stagnant dust of LALA. that is one state built with
excellent quake codes, and apparently from the
article, has held up well. the big tectonic plate
shift moving Baja California to Alaska, is not
supposed to happen for the next couple of million
years. the dreaded repeat of the Great San Francisco
quake that burned down the city is now legend, and
nothing resembling that can happen again: too many
airplanes putting out fires. the biggest inner city
fear of falling windows still exists, so stay inside
and ride the building. the place mentioned in the
article is on the other side of the mountains to your
north west. The Quake That Ate LA- is that on dvd?

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By felicity, August 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

As an LA resident, I’ll be sure and add this to my list
of things to worry about.  Thanks a lot.

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