Accelerating slip rates on the puente hills blind thrust fault system beneath metropolitan Los Angeles, California, USA

Geology
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Abstract

Slip rates represent the average displacement across a fault over time and are essential to estimating earthquake recurrence for proba-bilistic seismic hazard assessments. We demonstrate that the slip rate on the western segment of the Puente Hills blind thrust fault system, which is beneath downtown Los Angeles, California (USA), has accel-erated from ~0.22 mm/yr in the late Pleistocene to ~1.33 mm/yr in the Holocene. Our analysis is based on syntectonic strata derived from the Los Angeles River, which has continuously buried a fold scarp above the blind thrust. Slip on the fault beneath our field site began during the late-middle Pleistocene and progressively increased into the Holocene. This increase in rate implies that the magnitudes and/or the frequency of earthquakes on this fault segment have increased over time. This challenges the characteristic earthquake model and presents an evolving and potentially increasing seismic hazard to metropolitan Los Angeles.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Accelerating slip rates on the puente hills blind thrust fault system beneath metropolitan Los Angeles, California, USA
Series title Geology
DOI 10.1130/G38520.1
Volume 45
Issue 3
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Geologic Hazards Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 227
Last page 230
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Los Angeles Basin