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uninc. town (2000 pop. 37), Monterey co., Calif., among rolling hills in the Coast Ranges. A mining center for mercury and coal in the early 1900s, when the town had 900 inhabitants, Parkfield is today best known as the "earthquake capital of the world." From 1857 to 1966 six magnitude 6 earthquakes occurred along the San Andreas faultSan Andreas fault,
great fracture (see fault) of the earth's crust in California. It is the principal fault of an intricate network of faults extending more than 600 mi (965 km) from NW California to the Gulf of California.
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 near Parkfield. Because the earthquakes occurred at average intervals of 22 years, in the mid-1980s seismologists began setting up a number of different types of monitoring equipment in the local area in hopes of learning more about earthquakes and how to predict them. Since then, Parkfield has become the most intensively monitored seismological site in the world. The much anticipated seventh quake occurred later than expected on Sept. 28, 2004.
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Coun Sally Bragg, Rugby Borough Borough R Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: "These grants pave the way for the transformation of the Parkfield Road site and it's wonderful news for Newbold residents and the wider community.
David Rose, ward councillor for Parkfield and Oxbridge, who organises the annual event alongside local people and organisations, said: "The community comes together to make this happen and we hope for a great turnout from all ages and parts of the borough.
National Air Traffic Systems (NATS) has sold the former College of Air Traffic Control site at Bournemouth Airport to Parkfield School, according to an online report by Insider Media.
Head teacher at Parkfield, Holly Pulley, said: "It's a great way of discussing important, difficult subjects with youngsters.
Craig Bick, from Parkfield Building Services said: "When Jamie approached us it signalled a sea change for the company.
Elsewhere, Holy Rosary Hurricanes edged past Northfield with man-of-the-match Pat Corcoran grabbing one of the goals in a 2-1 win while Parkfield drew 2-2 with Paradigm Falcons.
Half centuries from openers Rashid Riaz and Grant Hughes saw Parkfield home easily for a nine wicket win.
Parkfield - population 37 - sits on the juncture of the earth's Pacific and North American plates, a grinding 800-mile-long rupture zone better known as the San Andreas Fault.
McEvilly of the University of California, Berkeley and his colleagues installed seismometers at the bottoms of deep boreholes, 250 meters below the ground at Parkfield.
That's because Parkfield sits right atop the San Andreas Fault, the 1,290-km (800-mi) crack in Earth's rocky crust (outer layer) that is the source of many of the Golden State's quakes.
And the 20-year-old made sure the money raised was used to benefit the service that once supported him - buying bikes and equipment for the cycle club at Parkfield.
A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred in Parkfield Road, Rugby at 4.