Ruptures in Ridgecrest sequence ended a few miles from the Garlock fault, which is slowly creeping, says study

The large earthquake that hit southern California over the summer has increased strain on a major nearby fault, causing it to move for the first time on record, researchers said on Thursday.

Ruptures in the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence in July ended a few miles from the Garlock fault, which runs east-west for 185 miles (300km) from the San Andreas fault to Death valley. That fault has been relatively quiet for 500 years, but now has begun slowly creeping, according to a new study released in the journal Science.

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