Latest Puente Hills Fault Stories
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Assumptions that the San Andreas Fault would automatically prevent an earthquake from affecting both northern and southern California at the same time may not necessarily be true, according to a new study published Wednesday in the online edition of the journal Nature. According to Eryn Brown of the Los Angeles Times, geologists have assumed for several years that the fault line would act as a barrier, preventing seismic...
LOS ANGELES -- A major earthquake on a little-known fault buried under downtown Los Angeles would cause the most catastrophic natural disaster in U.S. history, killing thousands of people and causing up to $250 billion in damage, scientists said Wednesday. Despite the doomsday forecast, the likelihood of the Puente Hills fault generating a large temblor in the next 50 years is slim. First discovered in 1999, the fault has ruptured at least four times in the last 11,000 years, creating...
JPL -- New NASA research confirms that northern metropolitan Los Angeles is being squeezed at a rate of 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) a year, straining an area between two earthquake faults that serve as geologic bookends north and south of the affected region. The compression of the Los Angeles landscape is being monitored by a network of more than 250 precision global positioning system receivers known as the Southern California Integrated Global Positioning System Network, as well as by...
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