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Year Published: 2019

Preliminary report on engineering and geological effects of the July 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence

The Ridgecrest Earthquake sequence included a foreshock event on July 4 2019 (M6.4) and a M7.1 mainshock event on July 5 2019. These events occurred in the Eastern California Shear Zone, near Indian Wells Valley, south of China Lake and west of Searles Valley. GEER has partnered with several organizations to collect perishable data and document...

Stewart, Jonathan P.; Brandenberg, Scott J; Wang, Pengfei; Nweke, Chukwuebuka C; Hudson, Kenneth; Mazzoni, Silvia; Bozorgnia, Yousef; Hudnut, Kenneth W.; Davis, Craig A.; Ahdi, Sean K; Zareian, Farzin; Fayaz, Jawad; Koehler, Richard D; Chupik, Colin; Pierce, Ian; Williams, Alana; Akciz, Sinan; Hudson, Martin B; Kishida, Tadahiro; Brooks, Benjamin A.; Gold, Ryan D.; Ponti, Daniel J.; Scharer, Katherine; McPhillips, Devin; Duross, Christopher; Ericksen, Todd; Hernandez, Janis .; Patton, Jay; Olson, Brian; Dawson, Timothy E.; Treiman, Jerome; Blake, Kelly; Buchhuber, Jeffrey; Madugo, Chris L M; Sun, Joseph; Donnellan, Andrea; Lyzenga, Greg; Conway, Erik
Stewart, J.P. (ed.), Brandenberg, S.J., Wang, Pengfei, N., Chukwuebuka C., Hudson, K., Mazzoni, S., Bozorgnia, Y., Hudnut, K.W., Davis, C.A., Ahdi, S.K., Zareian, F., Fayaz, J., Koehler, R.D., Chupik, C., Pierce, I., Williams, A., Akciz, S., Hudson, M.B., Kishida, T., Brooks, B.A., Gold, R.D., Ponti, D.J., Scharer, K.M., McPhillips, D.F., Ericksen, T.., Hernandez, J., Patton, J., Olson, B., Dawson, T., Treiman, J., Duross, C.B., Blake, K., Buchhuber, J., Madugo, C., Sun, J., Donnellan, A., Lyzenga, G., and Conway, E., 2019, Preliminary report on engineering and geological effects of the July 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake sequence: Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance Association Report GEER-064, https://doi.org/10.18118/G6H66K.

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Petrologic and mineral physics database for use with the U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model

We present a petrologic and mineral physics database as part of the U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model (NCM). Each of 209 geologic units, 134 of which are currently part of the geologic framework within the NCM, was assigned a mineralogical composition according to generalized classifications with some refinement for specific geologic...

Sowers, Theron; Boyd, Oliver S.
Sowers, T., and Boyd, O.S., 2019, Petrologic and mineral physics database for use with the U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1035, 17 p.,https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191035.

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Satellite observations of surface deformation at the Coso Geothermal Field, California

Surface deformation time series and rates are identified at the Coso Geothermal Field (CGF) and surrounding areas by applying interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) to satellite scenes from Envisat (June 2004 ̶ October 2010) and Sentinel (November 2014 – April 2018). The measurements are done in the line of sight (LOS) to each...

Eneva, Mariana; Barbour, Andrew; Adams, David; Hsiao, Vicky; Blake, Kelly; Falorni, Giacomo; Locatelli, Roberto

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Landscape change associated with the upper Scenic Drive landslide, La Honda, California, January 10–June 28, 2017

La Honda, California, is a small town in unincorporated San Mateo County, located on the west edge of the San Francisco Peninsula in the Santa Cruz Mountains, between San Francisco and San Jose. The Scenic Drive area of La Honda has experienced several past episodes of landslide motion, which were documented in 1998, 2005, and 2006. This report...

Pickering, Alexandra J.; Prentice, Carol S.; DeLong, Stephen B.
Pickering, A.J., Prentice, C.S., and DeLong, S.B., 2019, Landscape change associated with the upper Scenic Drive landslide, La Honda, California, January 10–June 28, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1024, 17 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:400, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191024.

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Determining Moho depth beneath sedimentary basins using regional Pn multiples

The study of the Moho beneath thick sedimentary basins involving natural earthquakes is challenging, as low‐velocity materials often cause strong reverberations that mask Moho signals. Here, we develop a method to determine the depth of the Moho by taking advantage of the presence of the sediments. The method utilizes the first Pn crustal multiple...

Yu, C.; Zhan, Z.; Hauksson, E.; Cochran, Elizabeth S.; Helmberger, D.

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Event detection performance of the PLUM earthquake early warning algorithm in southern California

We test the Japanese ground‐motion‐based earthquake early warning (EEW) algorithm, propagation of local undamped motion (PLUM), in southern California with application to the U.S. ShakeAlert system. In late 2018, ShakeAlert began limited public alerting in Los Angeles to areas of expected modified Mercalli intensity (⁠IMMI⁠) 4.0+ for magnitude 5.0...

Cochran, Elizabeth S.; Bunn, Julian; Minson, Sarah E.; Baltay, Annemarie S.; Kilb, Deborah L.; Kodera, Y.; Hoshiba, Mitsuyuki

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Source-dependent amplification of earthquake ground motions in deep sedimentary basins

Deep sedimentary basins amplify long-period shaking from seismic waves, increasing the seismic hazard for cities within such basins. We perform 3-D simulations of point source earthquakes distributed around the Seattle and Tacoma basins in Washington State, to examine the dependence of basin amplification on source azimuth, depth, and earthquake...

Moriarty, Erin; Vidale, John E.; Frankel, Arthur; Pratt, Thomas L.

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Data Report: Permeability, porosity, and frictional strength of core samples from IODP Expedition 366 in the Mariana forearc

Core samples from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 366 were tested in the laboratory to determine permeability, porosity, density, and frictional strength and their relation to mineralogy as part of an effort to understand hydro-mechanical processes at convergent plate margins. Seven samples were tested from a depth...

Morrow, Carolyn A.; Moore, Diane E.; Lockner, David A.; Bekins, Barbara A.
 Morrow, C.A., Moore, D.E., Lockner, D.A., and Bekins, B.A., 2019. Data report: permeability, porosity, and frictional strength of core samples from IODP Expedition 366 in the Mariana forearc. In Fryer, P., Wheat, C.G., Williams, T., and the Expedition 366 Scientists, Mariana Convergent Margin and South Chamorro Seamount. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 366: College Station, TX (International Ocean Discovery Program). https://doi.org/10.14379/iodp.proc.366.202.2019

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Ground-motion residuals, path effects, and crustal properties: A pilot study in southern California

To improve models of ground motion estimation and probabilistic seismic hazard analyses, the engineering seismology field is moving toward developing fully nonergodic ground motion models, models specific for individual source‐to‐site paths. Previous work on this topic has examined systematic variations in ground‐motion along particular paths (...

Sahakian, Valerie J.; Baltay, Annemarie S.; Hanks, Thomas C.; Bueler, Janine; Vernon, Frank; Kilb, Deborah L.; Abrahamson, Norm A.
Sahakian, V. J., Baltay, A., Hanks, T. C., Buehler, J., Vernon, F. L., Kilb, D., & Abrahamson, N. A. ( 2019). Ground motion residuals, path effects, and crustal properties: A pilot study in Southern California. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124, 5738– 5753. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016796

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Characterizing seismogenic fault structures in Oklahoma using a relocated template matched catalog

Oklahoma is one of the most seismically active places in the United States as a result of industry activities. In order to characterize the fault networks responsible for these earthquakes in Oklahoma, we relocated a large-scale template matching catalog between 2010-2016 using the GrowClust algorithm . This relocated catalog is currently the most...

Skoumal, Robert; Kaven, Joern; Water, Jake
Skoumal, R. J., J. O. Kaven, J. I. Walter (2019). Characterizing seismogenic fault structures in Oklahoma using a relocated template matched catalog, Seis. Res. Let., 90(4): 1535-1543. https://doi.org/10.1785/0220190045

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Jack Boatwright’s last science

In the months before he passed away, Jack Boatwright asked us to review a manuscript on source properties, specifically stress drop, of earthquakes in northeastern North America (NENA). This manuscript originated in research funded by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), described in his final report to NRC and published as USGS Open-File...

Baltay, Annemarie S.; Hanks, Thomas C.

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Radiometric ages of volcanic rocks on the fort rock dome and in the aquarius mountains, Yavapai and Mohave Counties, Arizona

The Fort Rock dome, in Yavapai County, Ariz., is a roughly circular geologic structure in plan view, 2.5 km in diameter, that is similar in many ways to an impact crater; however, it is a structural dome caused by a potassic mafic intrusion at depth, and the crater-like depression in its center is erosional in origin. The Aquarius Mountains, west...

Fuis, Gary S.; Calvert, Andrew T.; Sullivan, Katie
Fuis, G.S., Calvert, A., and Sullivan, K., 2019, Radiometric ages of volcanic rocks on the Fort Rock dome and in the Aquarius Mountains, Yavapai and Mohave counties, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1038, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191038.