Earthquake in California Could Cause Years of Movement

Posted by on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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There is no denying that one day California will be struck by a massive earthquake, commonly referred to as “the big one.”

But as new research suggests, that may only be part of the problem.

Seismologists say that the San Andreas Fault continued to slip for 12 years after the Parkfield earthquake in 2004. The 6.0 magnitude primary shock was the result of a fault movement of about 0.5 meters.

After that earthquake there was an afterslip. An afterslip is the movement of land after a quake and it can continue for years when “the big one” happens.




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