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Data Release for Luminescence: Paleoseismic liquefaction associated with Holocene earthquakes on the Wallula Fault zone, Southeast Washington, USA

July 8, 2022

Observations of widespread liquefaction and stratigraphic and structural relationships in a trench across an ambiguous scarp are used to constrain the timing of Holocene earthquakes on the northwest-striking Wallula fault zone in southeast Washington and Oregon. Additional observations and age constraints from OSL analysis of samples collected from large-scale liquefaction features that crosscut the Mount St Helens J tephra (13.8-13.7 ka) exposed at a nearby outcrop suggest up to 3 Holocene regional liquefaction events, any of which were likely triggered by seismic shaking sourced from either the Wallula fault and/or faults of the Yakima fold and thrust belt. Our observations provide plausible evidence supporting that the scarp formed [...]

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Data Release for Luminescence: Paleoseismic liquefaction associated with Holocene earthquakes on the Wallula Fault zone, Southeast Washington, USA
DOI 10.5066/P94RCR1Z
Authors Mahan Shannon A, Krolczyk Emma T, Angster Stephen J
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center