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Some earthquakes on San Andreas fault are triggered by gravitational tug of sun and moon

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The moon actually triggers earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault! More importantly, you can use the gravitational pull of the moon to calculate how much stress is on the fault at any given time.

Lovely, as if we didn't have enough to stress about. :)

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