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New Fault Discovered in Earthquake-Prone Southern California Region

A swarm of nearly 200 small earthquakes that shook Southern California residents in the Salton Sea area last week raised concerns they might trigger a larger earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault. At the same time, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno published their recent discovery of a potentially significant fault that lies along the eastern edge of the Salton Sea.
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Salton Sea poses earthquake threat to Southern California

The Salton Sea east of San Diego is a deceptively dangerous backwater, hiding faults that repeatedly produce powerful earthquakes that jolt all of Southern California, says a new study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Scientists found strands of the southern San Andreas fault beneath the lake that appear to have been regularly triggered by the combined strain of smaller, nearby faults and historic flooding from the Colorado River.

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