Analysis uncovers unusual earthquake-related deformation, paves the way for methods to identify new active faults
A geographic depiction of the Eastern California Shear Zone. The inset, displaying data from synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR), shows the deformation induced by the 1999 Hector Mine earthquake on nearby faults.
On Oct. 16, 1999, approximately 37 miles from Palm Springs, Calif., a magnitude 7.1 earthquake ripped through 28 miles of faults in the Mojave Desert. Because of the area’s sparse population and development, the massive quake caused virtually no major measurable injuries or destruction.
Yet the “Hector Mine” event, named after a long-abandoned mine in the area, has produced a treasure of information about earthquakes, faults, and ruptures for scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. ANIMATION
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