An elusive blind-thrust fault beneath metropolitan los angeles

  title={An elusive blind-thrust fault beneath metropolitan los angeles},
  author={Shaw and Shearer},
  volume={283 5407},
  • Shaw, Shearer
  • Published 1999
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Seismic reflection profiles, petroleum wells, and relocated earthquakes reveal the presence of an active blind-thrust fault beneath metropolitan Los Angeles. A segment of this fault likely caused the 1987 Whittier Narrows (magnitude 6.0) earthquake. Mapped sizes of other fault segments suggest that the system is capable of much larger (magnitude 6.5 to 7) and more destructive earthquakes. 
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