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Is the Big One Coming?

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The San Andreas fault line may be the most famous fault line in the world. The San Andreas fault is a boundary between the Pacific and the Northern American Plate. The fault is deep underground where the tectonic plates rub against each other, which causes either big earthquakes or small ones. The fault is about 700 miles long and roughly 28 million years old.

The fault also caused the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. It has also caused many other earthquakes like the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that hit the San Francisco Bay Area during the Giants vs. the Athletics World Series game. Most people remember it as the day the Series stopped.

The fault has not been active for many years. The experts say that there may be a big earthquake coming in California. The Loma Prieta earthquake had a magnitude of about 7.0 on the Richter Scale and caused about $10 billion in damage.

There are many ways that people can protect themselves against earthquakes, mainly by avoiding falling objects.

In Mrs. Haley Mendes’s fourth grade class, Logan Reynaga advised, “Go under a table or go to high ground.”

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Is the Big One Coming?