A profile of measurements of shear stress perpendicular to the San Andreas fault near Palmdale, California, shows a marked increase in stress with distance from the fault. The pattern suggests that shear stress on the fault increases slowly with depth and reaches a value on the order of the average stress released during earthquakes. This result has important implications for both long- and short-term prediction of large earthquakes. Copyright ?? 1979 AAAS.
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Magnitude of shear stress on the San Andreas fault: Implications of a stress measurement profile at shallow depth