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The San Andreas Fault Shook 134 Times In The Last Week
Despite what you might have read elsewhere, no, the San Andreas Fault is probably not going to suddenly slip and trigger the "Big One". Yes, it’s been shaking a little curiously recently, but it’s an active fault zone, so seismic activity is always expected to occur. As picked up by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a 4.6M quake shook California’s Monterey County nine days ago, and there have been 134 additional, weaker tremors around 5 kilometers (3 miles) of the original quake’s epicenter. These tremors are occurring on what is known as a “creeping section” of the San Andreas Fault. This means that it’s always slipping, and seismic activity is run-of-the-mill here. Admittedly, a 4.6M event is unusually energetic, but this can easily be explained by a temporary snag that built up more stress than usual. The fault section is now returning to a state of normality. No-one at the USGS is expecting that this is th…

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