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Lack of big quakes in Calif. baffles scientists

California has gone more than 100 years without a ground-rupturing earthquake, according to findings published in Seismological Research Letters, and researchers are trying to find out why. Scientists examined records of seismic activity along five main fault branches over the course of 1,000 years, finding it highly unlikely that all five would remain quiet for so long and pointing to the chance that the next century might have a number of large quakes.

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