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AnswerAccording to the USGS, the plates along the San Andrea fault move about 1.7in per year.
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Why do so many earthquakes happen along the san Andreas fault?

The San Andreas fault is a fault line. This is a line between two tectonic plates. When they move, they rub together and cause earthquakes.

How was San Andreas Fault formed?

Scientists believe that the San Andreas Fault formed due to plate tectonics. This is phenomenon where plates move along the earth causing cracks and earthquakes to form.

What type of boundary is called when two tectonic plates move side by side?

I believe it is called a fault, like the San Andreas fault in California.

What kind of fault makes rocks move past each other?

Transform fault

Why are the pacific plates and the antarctic plates moving away from each other?

Because over time plate tectonics move apart. they either move apart, collide, or slide against each other. it's like the San Andreas fault those plates are moving away from each other.

How does plate tectonics affect California?

Much of California is laying on top of the San Andreas fault. For this reason, California tends to have frequent earthquakes as the adjoining plates move beside each other.

What fault is it where rocks on either side of the fault move sideways past each other?


What plate boundaries caused the San Andreas fault to move?

A transform boundary between the North American and Pacific plates.

Why are earthquakes and valcanic activity zones located in certain areas?

the plate tectonics... when they move toward each other they form a volcano and when they rub up against each other that causes a earth quake thus earthquakes and volcano's only happen on fault lines, you can Google search: San Andreas Fault (for example)

What type of rock is san andreas fault?

It is not any particular rock type, it is a fault or crack along which rocks move. It cuts through different rock formations of various types.

How does a strike-slip fault move?

move sideways past each other

What occurs when 2 plates move past each other in opposite derections r?

Usually you get VIOLENT earthquakes on a Conservative Boundary. (No Volcanoes)An example of one of these boundaries is the San Andreas Fault, California, USA.

What is a strike-slip fault system?

A Strike Slip fault is where the two sides of the fault move past each other horizontally.

What is the most famous divergent boundary?

the most famous divergent fault is the san Andreas faultEDIT: Actually, the San Andreas Fault is a Transform boundary. A Transform Boundary is when two plates are rubbing against each other while going opposite ways. A Divergent Boundary is when two plates move away from each other. Scientists have not pinpointed and named a Divergent Boundary but Divergent Boundaries usually occur under water in the sea, also called Sea Floor Spreading.

What are Fault?

A fault is a fracture or zone of fractures between two blocks of rock. Faults allow the blocks to move relative to each other.

Where do most of the divergent boundaries on Earth occur?

divergent boundaries mostly occur when 2 tectonic plates move apart from each other and this is due to the currents movement. On earth, the form drift vallies and fault. Example can be san andreas fault on western side of united state of america.

Which kind of fault is a result f a pulling force?

The kind of fault you may be contemplating about is a transform fault which occurs like all earth quakes when the Earth's tectonic plates move as sea currents change there appearance. A transform fault is the force of two surfaces rubbing across each other creating huge earth quakes like the ones of 1906 and 1989 in San Andreas.

What is the meaning of fault?

A fault is a fracture or numerous fractures in the earth's crust where the two sides move past each other.

A Fracture along which blocks of crust move relative to each other?


The fracture along which blocks of crust move relative to each other?

A fault

What is a break in the crust where rock bodies move relative to each other?

A fault.

When two plates move away from each other what fault is it?

Strike slip

If the pacific plate continues to move along the san Andreas Fault what might happento Baja California?

Parts of it will end up further North.

Which two plates move past one another along the San Andreas Fault?

The Pacific Plate (East) and the Northern American Plate (West)

What are the characteristics of the San Andreas Fault zone?

The San Andreas fault is part of a fault zone known as a transform fault zone where the two blocks/plates on either side move side by side (rather than on top of or away from one another.) It moves 'dextrally' (also known as right-laterally) which means if you stand on one side of it, the other side appears to move to the right. The plate boundary is about 1,200 kilometers long along the west coast of the USA through California.