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One of man's persistent fears about earthquakes is that the Earth will open and swallow everyone and everything nearby. Shallow crevasses can form during earthquake-induced landslides, lateral spreads, or other types of ground failures. Faults, however, do not open up during an earthquake. Movement occurs along the plane of a fault, not perpendicular to it. If faults opened up, no earthquake would occur because there would be no friction to lock them together.

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January 27, 1980
M 5.8, California – Six persons were injured at Livermore by flying glass and falling ceiling tiles and supports. It caused 1-2 millimeters of additional right-lateral… Read More

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