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   Undertoad  Thursday Apr 20 02:46 PM

4/20/2006: San Andreas Fault marked by fence movement



Excuse me for forgetting my notes on this one, I think it was an Earth sci pic of the day. In this case, this fence was straight when it was built, but since then shows the efforts of the Fault. And here is where the resident residents can give far better information than I can. All I remember is my Earth Science teacher, in 9th grade, explaining that California was not actually going to fall into the ocean, and that more likely eventually western LA was going to be next to eastern SF.

I now realize that was hyperbole, but in the above shot you can actually see how the shifting affected this land; one side of it shifted one way while the other shifted t'other, or maybe didn't shift at all.



Trilby  Thursday Apr 20 03:24 PM

Yeah, that would be my excuse. Some foreman would come along and tell me the fence I just built was crooked and I'd say it was San Andreas's fault.



Cochese  Thursday Apr 20 03:29 PM

Shouldn't the road be affected too?



glatt  Thursday Apr 20 03:46 PM

Maybe the road has been re-paved since the fence was built. The fence looks real old.



barefoot serpent  Thursday Apr 20 03:57 PM

The San Andreas Fault is an example of a right-lateral fault. That is, the slippage appears to move to the right looking across the fault line.

edit: historical photos of '06 SF Eathquake here:
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/info/1906/historical.html



Elspode  Thursday Apr 20 05:06 PM

The April National Geographic has a piece about the San Francisco quake. In it, they have a picture of a fence that was originally constructed something like 75 years ago. Although it was rebuilt in the 1970's, according to the caption, it was rebuilt exactly as it was when it was torn down. Therefore, you see a displacement between sections of the fence of something like 15 feet...



Elspode  Thursday Apr 20 05:17 PM

...and here is the same fence, albeit not the same exact NG picture.



Wombat  Thursday Apr 20 07:05 PM

When I was at school there was a geography textbook with a great aerial shot of a long straight highway running through a desert. In the middle of the highway it did a sudden right-left turn where an eartquake had caused the land to slip sideways by about 20 metres. I've googled for this pic but unfortunately I can't find it.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Apr 20 07:59 PM

Here's the link. to the Earth Science story.
That was pretty funny, Brianna.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Apr 20 08:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent
The San Andreas Fault is an example of a right-lateral fault.
Well duh, of course it is......it says so on the sign in the picture.



I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.


Kagen4o4  Thursday Apr 20 09:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Well duh, of course it is......it says so on the sign in the picture.



I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.

nice

that seems to be my response to most of your posts


capnhowdy  Thursday Apr 20 10:17 PM

Very different setup on the electric fence than what I'm used to seeing.



skysidhe  Thursday Apr 20 10:30 PM

I can't figure this one out.

Prepare to be befuddled.





milkfish  Thursday Apr 20 10:56 PM

I like how someone posted a sign in the background of the picture so that Mother Nature would know what to do.



wolf  Friday Apr 21 01:31 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by skysidhe
Prepare to be befuddled.
Simple. It runs straight across the equator.


floatingk  Friday Apr 21 04:49 AM

That reminds me of a place in Iowa where the mainstreet through town takes a right-lefter. This was due to a datum update or change and it turns ou the road perfectly follows a line of latitude. So as they were building it, they had to update it as well...



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Apr 21 07:04 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
Very different setup on the electric fence than what I'm used to seeing.
Yeah, the barbed wire nailed to the inside then the electric wire on standoffs means they seriously didn't want anything pushing on that fence. The fence in the background doesn't seem to be as well guarded so it must be the wiggle in this fence they're concerned with.
Maybe it's a tourist attraction.


Kitsune  Friday Apr 21 10:46 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
I'd say it was San Andreas's fault.
We never would have had this problem if the hot coffee mod hadn't been released to the public.


barefoot serpent  Friday Apr 21 10:55 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wombat
When I was at school there was a geography textbook with a great aerial shot of a long straight highway running through a desert. In the middle of the highway it did a sudden right-left turn where an eartquake had caused the land to slip sideways by about 20 metres. I've googled for this pic but unfortunately I can't find it.
Probably the Landers Earthquake (1992 California)

form here: http://www.csun.edu/~vcgeo004/chapt15.htm


gen131  Friday Apr 21 12:14 PM

There is a fault line that crosses I-80 just west of Fairfield, California on the way to Vallejo. Every few years or so, they have to repave a couple yards of asphalt across the freeway, and repair the dividing wall as it breaks apart. My dad has commuted this stretch of 80 for over 20 years and I commuted it for 3, so we both have been able to see it. Sorry, no pictures tho. Maybe someone else has seen it?



BrianR  Saturday Apr 22 12:18 AM

ME!



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