Huge movement detected near San Andreas fault

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Huge Movement Detected Near San Andreas Fault

Don't go calling The Rock for back-up just yet, but a new analysis of GPS data has shown new areas of motion near the San Andreas Fault system.

EarthScope Plate Observatory's GPS array and researchers have found evidence of what they call "lobes," 125 miles wide with uplift and subsidence.

Computer-generated models of the San Andreas Fault System have been used to predict crustal movement, but the new analysis shows motion that wasn't identified until now.

Data concerning the vertical patterns of motion was compared to similar movements used in an earthquake model, which validated the finding.

The researchers findings were published in the journal "Nature Geoscience" and could help scientists predict more severe ruptures in the future.

Which would be much more helpful than your great-aunt out in California who's always warning that The Big One is coming.

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The Alaska-Aleutian Megathrust is located across 3,600 kilometers between Kamchatka, Russia to the Gulf of Alaska.

(Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit via Getty Images)

The Cascadia Megathrust stretches along the coasts of Washington and Oregon up into Canada

(Photo via Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG via Getty Images)

The Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone runs from Alabama to Virginia and is responsible for four earthquakes in the past century. 

(Photo by Harrison Shull via Getty Images)

The Elsinore Fault Zone lies along the Santa Ana Mountains in Southern California

(Photo handout via NASA)

The Hayward Fault Zone runs along San Francisco Bay for 119 miles.

(Photo by Dave and Les Jacobs via Getty Images)

The Humboldt Fault (red) and the Midcontinent Rift System (green) are both located in Kansas and Nebraska. 

(Photo via Public Domain)

The Independence Valley fault system in Nevada was responsible for the 2008 Wells earthquake. 

(AP Photo/Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News) 

The Laguna Salada Fault runs from the US to Mexico and caused the 2010 Mexicali quake.

(Photo credit should read Daniel CONEJO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Moab Fault is located in Utah.

(By Andrew Wilson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

The New Madrid Fault Zone is located in Missouri.

(Photo via Public Domain)

The San Andreas Fault System runs along 1,300 kilometers in California. 


The Wilzetta Fault in Oklahoma is believed to have caused an earthquake in 2011. 

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)


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