The fault name was coined by Francisco Hervé, I. Fuenzalida, E. Araya and A. Solano in 1979. The fault itself was first inferred by Chilean government agent Hans Steffen around 1900 who referred to it as a "tectonic furrow" (Spanish: surco tectónico).
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