Sub dives deep to explore earthquake faults

3:42 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KCRA) -- Gordon Seitz, an earthquake expert with the California Geological Survey, expressed excitement about a first-of-its-kind exploration taking place below the surface of Lake Tahoe on Thursday.

"Oh yeah, there's not too many chances to get that new discovery," Seitz said.

Seitz said a specially designed submarine, equipped with a high-definition camera, is being used to take the first close-up video ever recorded of the submerged section of Tahoe's most active fault line.

"The west fault runs along the entire west side of the lake," Seitz said.

Researchers from Northern Illinois University and the California Geological Survey are using a floating platform to control the submarine which will dive to depths more than 1,000 feet.

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