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Fault could cause 'quake from hell' in LA

Fault could cause 'quake from hell' in LA
Posted Monday, March 31st 2014 @ 11am  by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – The San Andreas fault is famous, but the lesser-known fault that caused Friday night's 5.1 earthquake could be the one that delivers the "Big One" that devastates Los Angeles, experts warn. The Puente Hills fault runs under downtown Los Angeles into Hollywood, near many older buildings, and the US Geological Survey estimates that a 7.5 quake along the fault could kill up to 18,000 people and cause up to $250 billion in damage, the AP finds. An even stronger quake along the San Andreas would be less damaging, experts say.

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