Stalking the next Parkfield earthquake in Central California

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)


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Looking southeast from Middle Mountain toward Gold Hill, it is a subtle furrow in the grassy knolls of the Cholame Valley of California's Coast Range. To geophysicists, this 19-mile section of the San Andreas fault midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is the most well understood, most intensely monitored fault in the world. As such, it is also the most likely place for American earthquake researchers to become earthquake predictors. 

The present understanding of the fault has already prompted speculations that the next moderate Parkfield earthquake will strike in early 1988, give or take a few years. Perhaps more importnat, the next rupture of the Parkfield section of the fault could get out of hand and create a much larger earthquake. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Stalking the next Parkfield earthquake in Central California
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 16
Issue 6
Year Published 1984
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 10 p.
First page 215
Last page 224
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Central California
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