Latest San Andreas Fault Stories
A series of small earthquakes like the ones that have shaken Southern California this week has a 5 percent chance of triggering a major quake, experts say. The tremors have occurred in the Salton Sea area east of San Diego, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The New Madrid fault system does not behave as earthquake hazard models assume and may be in the process of shutting down, a new study shows.
New hazard maps for communities from San Jose to Palo Alto in Northern California delineate the probability of earthquake-induced liquefaction, based on three scenarios: a magnitude 7.8 on the San Andreas Fault comparable to the 1906 event, a magnitude 6.7 on the Hayward Fault comparable to the 1868 event, and a magnitude 6.9 on the Calavaras Calaveras Fault.
Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the San Andreas Fault, researchers say. A study by scientists at the University of California at Irvine found there were five major temblors along a southern section of the San Andreas Fault in the past 700 years, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
In the last few years there has been a growing number of documented cases in which large earthquakes set off unfelt tremors in earthquake faults hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of miles away.
Scientists are turning to the public to help document earthquakes and identify areas of potential damage.
By Julia Scott PORTOLA VALLEY -- When you live on the San Andreas fault line, as all Portola Valley residents do, earthquake science is taught in school and geologists lead expeditions through town.
By Andrew Edwards A costly 44-mile pipeline project designed to help carry water from Northern to Southern California will probably break one day. That's not a surprise.
By Katherine Fischer Hiking up Valley View trail in Big Sur's National Park, I feel the usual breeze streaming across my face down from the Santa Lucia mountains.
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