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#1 Hum

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 15:15

The next big earthquake in California may impact more people than scientists previously expected.

Seismologists have thought the massive San Andreas Fault would slip in Northern or Southern California. Not all at once because of a buffer called a creeping zone.

The creeping zone near the middle of the fault did not appear capable of transmitting a quake through the entire state because stress didn't build up there. But seismologist Kate Hutton at Caltech says new evidence reveals the San Andreas could slip from top to bottom.

"There would be damage in both San Francisco and Southern California,” Hutton said. “They would not be able to help us and vice versa."

The new evidence is coming from researchers looking at he 1999 Taiwan quake and the 2011 earthquake in Japan. Caltech experts say the creeping zones there were active.

"Some of the places where the rupture was the strongest was the creeping zone," Hutton said.

Researchers just published the findings. Information seismologists in California will now consider.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 15:26

NO WAY!!

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#3 LaP

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 15:30

Eh!

I though the thread was about a new Quake game ...

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 15:38

Eh!

I though the thread was about a new Quake game ...


LOL so did I. I am now disappointed this is about an actual earthquake.

#5 KingCracker

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 15:22

Maybe it will fall into the ocean and float away.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 16:29

Maybe it will fall into the ocean and float away.


Reminds of of Bill Hick's Arizona Bay.

Bye you lizard scum, bye!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 22:32

My money is on 2030 for the Big one. ;)