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Quake threat lurking in 'Anza Gap,' UC Riverside research says

 

Last updated 10/25/2017 at Noon

Scientists at UC Riverside believe a fault in the south central portion of Riverside County could potentially cause a moderate to large quake. Thinkstock/SteveCollender photo.

A relatively inactive segment of the San Andreas Fault system known as the "Anza Gap'' in south central Riverside County could set loose a moderate to severe earthquake due to deep tectonic plate shifts that aren't fully understood, according to research published by a pair of UC Riverside scientists.

Professor Abhijit Ghosh and graduate student Alexandra Hutchinson, both affiliated with the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences, zeroed in on tremors occurring in the Anza Gap, occupying a 12-mile space within the San Jacinto Fault zone, where fault lines course between Hemet and Idyll...



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