To try to learn more about the southern San Andreas Fault including a segment that has not ruptured in more than three centuries, scientists plan to use $2 million in federal “seed money”. The fault slices 800-mile through California. One of the most monitored quake sites in the world, it is best known for producing the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires -leading to the death of about 700 people.
But, since scientists know little about the southern end of the fault, the U.S. Geological Survey planned to use $2 million in funding proposed in President Bush’s budget. Along with other hazards in Southern California such as tsunamis, landslides and wildfires, the funding is to study the southern San Andreas.