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The USGS plan for short-term prediction of the anticipated Parkfield earthquake

Earthquakes & Volcanoes (USGS)
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Abstract

Aside from the goal of better understanding the Parkfield earthquake cycle, it is the intention of the U.S Geological Survey to attempt to issue a warning shortly before the anticipated earthquake. Although short-term earthquake warnings are not yet generally feasible, the wealth of information available for the previous significant Parkfield earthquakes suggests that if the next earthquake follows the pattern of "characteristic" Parkfield shocks, such a warning might be possible. Focusing on earthquake precursors reported for the previous  "characteristic" shocks, particulary the 1934 and 1966 events, the USGS developed a plan* in late 1985 on which to base earthquake warnings for Parkfield and has assisted State, county, and local officials in the Parkfield area to prepare a coordinated, reasonable response to a warning, should one be issued. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The USGS plan for short-term prediction of the anticipated Parkfield earthquake
Series title Earthquakes & Volcanoes (USGS)
Volume 20
Issue 2
Year Published 1988
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 4 p.
First page 83
Last page 86
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