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The Strain Builds in Southern California

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Science  23 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5781, pp. 1732
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5781.1732a

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This week in Nature, a geophysicist reports that the southernmost San Andreas fault is building strain at a dangerous rate. If, as seems likely, strain has been accumulating there at the same clip since the last big strain-releasing quake, the next one will probably come within a few decades, according to one forecast. (Read more.)