San Andreas Fault Ready to Go

Posted by on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

By Ikluft - Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3106006

The San Andreas is likely to generate a significant earthquake in the not too distant future. This according to the director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, Thomas Jordan.

When it arrives, the damage will be significant and southern California will be massively affected. 

The total cost of damage to buildings was estimated at $33 billion.

There has not been a major release of stresses in the southern portion of the San Andreas fault system since 1857
THe fault is a continental transform fault that extends roughly 800 miles through California. It forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, and its motion is right-lateral strike-slip.



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