Scientists Might Know Why The San Andreas Fault Has Been So Calm
The Salton Trough Fault runs parallel to San Andreas and could be absorbing some of the strain.By Lindsey Pulse | October 10, 2016
The San Andreas Fault in California is long overdue for a major earthquake — like, more than 100 years overdue. But scientists just made a discovery that might tell us why the fault has been so quiet.
It's called the Salton Trough Fault, and it lies along the northeastern edge of the Salton Sea in Southern California. The fault line is underwater, so scientists didn't find it until recently.