Where Earthquakes Hide in the Desert: What we've learned from recent fault ruptures in the western U.S.
By Austin J. Elliott, USGS Research Geologist
Three large earthquakes since 2019 have ruptured incompletely mapped faults in the western U.S.
Both satellite and field measurements give extremely detailed maps of how the ground deformed.
Imaging these earthquakes and studying the previously unrecognized connectivity among the causative faults offers a rare window into the types of earthquakes that can occur, including how large and how often.
May 27th, 2021 at 7:00PM (PDT)