What You’ll Find Along the San Andreas Fault

A look at what you'll find along the southern portion of the 800-mile-long San Andreas Fault east of Los Angeles.

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Scientists have warned that after more than 300 years with very little slippage, the southern end of the 800-mile-long San Andreas fault north and east of Los Angeles has built up immense pressure and could produce a massive earthquake at any time. Such a quake could produce a sudden lateral movement of 23 to 32 feet.
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A roadside attraction dinosaur towers over the desert near the San Andreas Fault in Cabazon.
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A natural spring-fed desert oasis is one of many supporting thousands of palm trees that line the San Andreas earthquake fault northeast of Palm Springs.
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Carbon dioxide gas escaping from underground fissures bubbles up from geothermal mudpots, or ''boiling mud pots'', near the southern end of the San Andreas Fault at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge on July 2, 2006 near Calipatria, California. The mudpots which only are to be boiling hot are located over the Salton Sea Geothermal Field where temperatures measured in wells drilled for geothermal brines reach 360 degrees Celsius at depths of 1,500 to 2,500 meters.
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Steam rises as a geothermal power plant taps into energy produced by underground pressures near the southern end of the San Andreas Fault.
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Residents attend a peewee baseball game south of the San Andreas Rift Zone. Experts have predicted that a quake of magnitude-7.6 or greater on the southern San Andreas would kill thousands of people and cause many billions of dollars in damages.
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A freight train passes diagonally-shifted layers of earth as it crosses the San Andreas Rift Zone. A magnitude-7.6 quake along the fault would dwarf the 1994 Northridge disaster near Los Angeles that killed 72 people, injured more than 9,000 and caused $25 billion in damage.
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Cars and trucks travel Interstate 10 near the San Andreas Fault, the main traffic and freight route from Los Angeles-area cities toward Arizona.
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San Bernardino City Hall, located 6.8 miles south of the San Andreas earthquake fault and 3.7 miles east of the San Jacinto Fault.
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Recently built homes are seen in suburban neighborhoods under construction on top of the San Andreas Rift Zone.
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Wind-power generators are seen near the San Andreas Fault near Palm Springs.
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Recently built homes are seen in suburban neighborhoods under construction on top of the San Andreas Rift Zone.
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A tractor passes diagonally-shifted layers of earth as it crosses the San Andreas Rift Zone, the system of depressions in the ground between the parallel faults of the San Andreas earthquake fault, while working on the heavily-used railroad tracks in Cajon Canyon.
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A large crack in the earth is seen in the San Andreas Rift Zone, the system of depressions in the ground between the parallel faults of the San Andreas earthquake fault, west of San Bernardino.
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The east branch of the California Aqueduct, which imports water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, crosses the San Andreas Rift Zone.
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Palm Desert, in the Coachella Valley, where desert cities such as Palm Springs may be threatened by a major earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault, is seen before dawn.
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A natural spring-fed desert oasis is one of many supporting thousands of palm trees that line the San Andreas earthquake fault.
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Calculations released in 2008 revealed a 99.7 percent chance that a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger will strike by 2037, according to the first-ever statewide temblor forecast released by the scientists of the United States Geological (USGS), Southern California Earthquake Center and California Geological Survey
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The San Andreas Rift Zone, the system of depressions in the ground between the parallel faults of the San Andreas earthquake fault, runs along the north side of San Bernardino.
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The San Andreas Fault is where the Pacific and the North American tectonic plates of the Earth's crust collide.
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The east branch of the California Aqueduct, which imports water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, crosses the San Andreas Rift Zone.
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An opening in the earth is seen in the San Andreas Rift Zone.
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Saint Bernadine Hospital, one of many that could be overwhelmed by victims of a massive quake on the San Andreas earthquake fault, is seen in San Bernardino.
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