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Sometimes It Takes An Earthquake To Know Where The Fault Lies

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October 27, 1999
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American Institute of Physics
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Sometimes geologists aren't able to tell a fault is active until there's an earthquake. The recent 7.1 earthquake at the newly named Lavic Lake fault is a good example. Scientists say that faults are sometimes thought to be inactive simply because there is not enough evidence to determine otherwise.

CALIFORNIA (October 26, 1999) – The recent 7.1 earthquake at the newly named Lavic Lake fault in Southern California is a good reminder that even geologists aren't always sure which faults are active until there is an earthquake. Lucy Jones, a scientist with the United States Geological Survey Western Earthquake Hazards Team, says many faults in Southern California are labeled "inactive", sometimes simply because there is not enough evidence to determine otherwise.


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