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Appalachian Geologist warns Southern California is overdue for major earthquake PDF Print
Monday, 10 December 2007 18:00

An Appalachian State University geologist is searching for evidence of earthquakes that have occurred over time.

She uses that knowledge to understand risks from earthquakes in the years ahead. That scientist, assistant professor Kate Scharer, says evidence shows Southern California is overdue for a major earthquake. The average length between major earthquakes along the southern San Andreas Fault in about 100 and 120 years. That has hazard mitigation and public policy planners on alert, she says. A major earthquake hit Los Angeles in 1857. That means another could hit in our lifetime, she says.

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