SanAndreas Fault


SanAndreas Fault
San An·dre·as Fault (săn ăn-drāʹəs)
A major zone of fractures in the earth's crust extending along the coastline of California from the northwest part of the state to the Gulf of California. Movement of the tectonic plates along the fault has caused numerous tremors, including the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

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