Saturday, August 01, 2009

UC television offers major lecture on San Andreas Fault

Dr. Bridgett Smith, from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, gave a lecture in January 2008 on University of California Television, “Exploring Earthquake History Along the San Andreas Fault,” at the Scripps Aquarium.

There have been some media reports recently of increased activity along the fault, and the possibility of a major earthquake in California in the near future, so the lecture is of some interest.

The lecture includes a lot of color-coded animations, well done with some sort of animation software package, of earth movement during many different events going back to the early 19th Century. She pays particular attention to the Imperial Valley and Salton Sea, to Parkfield, and to the San Francisco area with the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes.

Attribution link for NASA photo of San Andreas fault. I visited the Imperial Valley area in February 2002 (when it was actually cool).

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