The San Andreas Fault
This rift extends from El Centro on the south, 650 miles northwesternly the length of California to Point Arenas, where it continues seaward. The most publicized of California's geologic faults, it is the source of dozens of quakes annually. Of the three "monster quakes" recorded in the state (1857- Southern California, 1872- Owens Valley, 1906- San Francisco) two have been along this "transform fault". A surface manifestation of the tectonic forces present as the Pacific plate collides with the North American continental plate, these forces have moved the Pacific plate, 300 miles northward in the past 30 million years.
"The 12.4-foot separation between the two portions of this monument represents the fault movement that has occurred since the modern revival of the ancient order of E Clampus Vitus at the Cliff House, San Francisco, in 1931. At this rate of movement Los Angeles will slip past San Francisco in approximately 31.5 million years and Parkfield will then be a seaside community."
Erected by De la Guerra y Pacheco Chapter 1.5 Ancient and Honorable Order E Clampus Vitus in the 6000th year of our Ancient Order September 24, 1995
Erected 1995 by De la Guerra y Pacheco Chapter 1.5 Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 35° 54.023′ N, 120° 25.967′ W. Marker is in San Miguel, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Parkfield-Coalinga Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Miguel CA 93451, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tribute to a Young Man (approx. 14.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker consists of two granite slabs separated about 12 feet apart. It was placed this way to document the movement along the San Andreas Fault Line since the modern revival of E Clampus Vitus in 1931.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2017. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.