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Understanding 'Earthquake Storms'


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Layers of earth are pushed into vertical positions by the collision of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates along the southern San Andreas Fault north of the Salton Sea.
David McNew/Getty Images
Layers of earth are pushed into vertical positions by the collision of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates along the southern San Andreas Fault north of the Salton Sea.

California's drought woes may have dominated recent news, but the 6.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Eureka on Sunday was a reminder of another lurking natural threat. In this segment, we'll talk about all things seismic with quake experts John Dvorak and David Schwartz. Dvorak's book "Earthquake Storms" examines the history of the San Andreas Fault, the narrow break in the earth's crust which stretches more than 800 miles from Northern to Southern California.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • John Dvorak, scientist and author of "Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault"
  • David Schwartz, earthquake geologist at the USGS, Menlo Park

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