At 2342 G.m.t. May 2, 1983, a magnitude (ML) 6.7 earthquake occurred about 12 km northeast of the town of Coalinga, approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The shock was felt from Los Angeles to 200 km north of Sacramento and as far east as Las Vegas. Unlike other well-documented, major earthquakes in California in the 20th century, this event was not associated with any previously known or suspected active fault. Comprehensive geologic and geophysical investigations begun soon after the event have demonstrated the absence of a near-surface fault responsible for the earthquake. Instead, the earthquake was closely associated with a fault zone concealed beneath folds developed along the structural boundary between the Coast (Diablo) Ranges and the San Joaquin Valley.
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||The Coalinga, California, earthquake of May 2, 1983|
|Series title||Professional Paper|
|Publisher||U.S. Government Printing Office|
|Publisher location||Washington, D.C.|
|Description||Report: iv, 417 p.; 4 Plates: 39.5 x 43.0 inches or smaller|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|