San Andreas Fault

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San An·dre·as Fault

 (săn ăn-drā′əs)
A major zone of fractures in the earth's crust extending along the coastline of California from the northwest part of the state to the Gulf of California. Movement of the tectonic plates along the fault has caused numerous tremors, including the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

San′ An•dre′as fault′

(ˈsæn ænˈdreɪ əs)
an active geological fault in the western U.S., extending from San Francisco to S California.
[after San Andreas Lake, located in the rift, in San Mateo County]
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Noun1.San Andreas Fault - a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes
Calif., California, Golden State, CA - a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes

San Andreas Fault

[ˌsænænˌdreɪəsˈfɔːlt] Nfalla f de San Andrés
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By assessing seismic activity, scientists have estimated in the past that a massive earthquake should strike California along the 800-mile San Andreas Fault line once every 150 years, meaning the hotspot should see one very soon.
Studying faults in such an area, Magistrale notes, is more difficult than studying the San Andreas fault line. The New Madrid system is in the middle of the continent, and the faults that cause earthquakes are buried deeper, while the San Andreas system is along a plate boundary, making access and observation much easier.
While much attention is on California's San Andreas fault line and concern that the West Coast is overdue for a major quake that could jolt one of the countries largest urban areas, Arkansans should be equally focused on the potential for a 7.-plus quake along the New Madrid Fault Line.