thumbnail

SCIGN; new Southern California GPS network advances the study of earthquakes

Fact Sheet 069-01

By:
,

Links

Abstract

Southern California is a giant jigsaw puzzle, and scientists are now using GPS satellites to track the pieces. These puzzle pieces are continuously moving, slowly straining the faults in between. That strain is then eventually released in earthquakes. The innovative Southern California Integrated GPS Network (SCIGN) tracks the motions of these pieces over most of southern California with unprecedented precision. This new network greatly improves the ability to assess seismic hazards and quickly measure the larger displacements that occur during and immediatelyafter earthquakes.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
SCIGN; new Southern California GPS network advances the study of earthquakes
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
069-01
Edition:
Online version 1.0
Year Published:
2001
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
2 p.