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Slow Earthquakes on the San Andreas
June 17, 2013 | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

An article on the Woods Hole Oceanographic website explains how parts of the San Andreas fault creep slowly instead of producing sudden earthquakes.

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Zoom in on the San Andreas Fault
December 5, 2013 |
After being down for a couple of days for a software update, our interactive San Andreas Fault map is back in action. You can use it to follow the approximate trace of the fault from the Salton Sea in Southern California to near Shelter Cove, north of San Francisco. For more information about the San Andreas Fault visit, a website by Dr. David Lynch, who provided data used to make the interactive map.

Mapping the Hollywood Fault
January 9, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
The California Geological Survey has released new maps that show the Hollywood Fault trending under sites where major developments are planned. Read the article here and see the maps here. Related: Google Map of the San Andreas Fault

Induced Earthquakes in the Central and Eastern States
September 26, 2013 | USGS
"The number of earthquakes has increased dramatically over the past few years within the central and eastern United States. More than 300 earthquakes above a magnitude 3.0 occurred in the three years from 2010-2012, compared with an average rate of 21 events per year observed from 1967-2000. This increase in earthquakes prompts two important questions: Are they natural, or man-made?" Quoted from the USGS press release.

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