EARTH Magazine: Old photos help scientists relocate 1906 San Francisco quake rupture point

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EARTH Magazine: Old photos help scientists relocate 1906 San Francisco quake rupture point

Alexandria, VA – Geoscientists using every resource available to them — from bare-earth LIDAR technology to knowledge of turn-of-the-century fashion — have helped correct a 100-year-old mistake about where the San Andreas Fault rupture point was for the historic 1906 earthquake.

Braving poison oak and complicated earthquake policy, scientists spent years trying to locate the rupture point in California’s Portola Valley and finally succeeded courtesy of old photos. Read how the San Andreas Fault trace location was rediscovered in the December issue ofEARTH Magazine:


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