Study: San Andreas fault overdue for quake

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Study: San Andreas fault overdue for quake

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LOS ANGELES - New earthquake research confirms the southern end of the San Andreas fault near Los Angeles is overdue for a Big One. The lower section of the fault has not produced a major earthquake in more than three centuries.

The new study, which analyzed 20 years of data and is considered one of the most detailed analyses yet, found that stress has been building up since then, and that the fault could rupture at any moment.

"The southern section of the fault is fully loaded for the next big event," said geophysicist Yuri Fialko of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

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California overdue for the big one. Study has shown that the fault is fully loaded and could produce a large quake killing thousands of people and cause billions in damage.

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By YCON: posted on 22-6-2006








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