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spacer features > > > earthquakes > > > California

The Hector Mine Earthquake, October 16, 1999

At 2:46am local time, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck a remote area of the Mojave Desert, approximately 100 miles east of Los Angeles. Luckily for most people, the area is sparsely populated. Luckily for geologists, the quake passed through an area where the quake's motion left clear evidence!

main rupture zone View along the main rupture zone.
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surface rupture Ground view along surface rupture showing soil fracturing.
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lateral displacement Aerial view showing maximum observed lateral displacement along the fault -- here, 3.7-4.8 meters!
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Map of recent quakes Index map of recent California quakes.
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Credit: All photos by Paul "Kip" Otis-Diehl, USMC, 29 Palms

For more information about this quake, try these sites:



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