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Earthquake Study Finds Southern California Is Overdue For 'The Big One'

10/20/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Southern California is overdue for a major earthquake along the San Andreas fault, according to a landmark study released Friday.

The long-awaited study came after scientists spent years studying the geology of the Carrizo Plain area of the San Andreas, which is about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It found that earthquakes along the San Andreas fault have occurred far more often than previously believed.

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