High-tech sensors installed along the San Andreas fault line

May 18th, 2009 - 8:37 pm ICT by GD  

If you track the San Andreas fault using a map starting from the fault’s southern origin, that is near the Salton Sea, you will find that it points along an angle that gradually nears the Pacific Ocean for round about 74o miles. The fault line finally manages to glance past San Fransisco and disappear near the point Delagada. Through this tracking exercise of the San Andreas fault you will come to know the “mammothness” of the crack resting in the ear’s crust, dividing Los Angeles towards the Anchorage and all the rest towards the equator.

As a precaution, the unpredictable San Andreas fault is being wired by the scientists with extremely high technology sensors, which will in future help the scientists to predict as to when will this dormant mammoth of a fault could awaken.

This effort by the scientists seems to have come just in time as recently more than 250 earthquakes tremors have rattled the desert and it is in these place that the high-tech sensors are being installed.

While demonstrating the sensitivity of the newly installed sensors, Bill Curtis, a field technician with the U.S. Geological Survey said, “Even the smallest little bump shows up there.”

Among the known 300 fault lines that lies in a criss-cross fashion across California, the San Andreas fault line is the biggest and hence could be the cause to the greatest damage. The fault line is over 800 miles in length and runs from the north of San Francisco to the Salton Sea, that lies about 125 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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