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The National Science Foundation's Southern California Earthquake Center and the U.S. Geological Survey have collaborated to provide residents of America's most famous earthquake zone with some hard facts about temblors. Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country, a 32-page handbook on coping with life near the many earthen faults in Southern California, was distributed in October to all public libraries from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana. The book summarizes for lay people what is known about the San Andreas fault and the many others that cris-cross California. It also offers guidance on how to prevent earthquake damage, how to retrofit a home, and how to assess earthquake hazards.