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Interpretation of the Southern California uplift in terms of the dilatancy hypothesis

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The 25-cm uplift in Southern California is interpreted as being due to dilatancy of the crust, which started in 1961 along the San Andreas fault and spread laterally during 1964–69. The San Fernando earthquake of 1971 occurred in part of the dilatant volume, and is interpreted as a sideshow of a future repetition of the 1857 San Andreas break, which had a magnitude > 8.

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