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1957 Gobi-Altay, Mongolia, earthquake as a prototype for southern California's most devastating earthquake

Geology

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Abstract

The 1957 Gobi-Altay earthquake was associated with both strike-slip and thrust faulting, processes similar to those along the San Andreas fault and the faults bounding the San Gabriel Mountains just north of Los Angeles, California. Clearly, a major rupture either on the San Andreas fault north of Los Angeles or on the thrust faults bounding the Los Angeles basin poses a serious hazard to inhabitants of that area. By analogy with the Gobi-Altay earthquake, we suggest that simultaneous rupturing of both the San Andreas fault and the thrust faults nearer Los Angeles is a real possibility that amplifies the hazard posed by ruptures on either fault system separately.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
1957 Gobi-Altay, Mongolia, earthquake as a prototype for southern California's most devastating earthquake
Series title:
Geology
Volume
24
Issue:
7
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Geology
First page:
579
Last page:
582
Number of Pages:
4