Earthquake Storms

Earthquake Storms

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It is a prominent geological feature that is almost impossible to see unless you know where to look. Hundreds of thousands of people drive across it every day. The San Andreas Fault is everywhere, and primed for a colossal quake. For decades, scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the Eartha€™s crust is inevitable. In fact, it is a geologic necessity. The San Andreas Fault runs almost the entire length of California, from the redwood forest to the east edge of the Salton Sea. Along the way, it passes through two of the largest urban areas of the countrya€”San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dozens of major highways and interstates cross it. Scores of housing developments have been planted over it. The words a€œSan Andreasa€ are so familiar today that they have become synonymous with earthquake. Yet, few people understand the San Andreas or the network of subsidiary faults it has spawned. Some run through Hollywood, others through Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The Hayward fault slices the football stadium at the University of California in half. Even among scientists, few appreciate that the San Andreas Fault is a transient, evolving system that, as seen today, is younger than the Grand Canyon and key to our understanding of earthquakes worldwide.If ahousewas built, in Lawsona#39;s words, ofa€œhonest construction, a€ thenany house couldbe made a€œpractically earthquakeproof. ... But Lawsona#39;s housea€”which was, essentially, a concrete bunkera€” and California Memorial Stadiuma€”whereanbsp;...


Title:Earthquake Storms
Author: John Dvorak
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2014-02-04
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