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fault rupture
July 7, 2019

Searles Valley Earthquake field photo #2

USGS geologists Josie Nevitt and Beth Haddon make measurements of fault rupture.

fault rupture
July 7, 2019

Searles Valley Earthquake field photo #3

USGS Geophysicists Elizabeth Cochran and Nick VanDerElst install a seismometer on the base.

Image shows several people standing on the desert
July 6, 2019

Preparing to Survey Searles Earthquake Scarp

USGS scientists and partners review objectives and group assignments  at fault scarp site. The team will deploy seismic instruments to better observe aftershock activity from close in, and to document surface faulting.

Image shows people silhouetted by the sun working in the desert
July 6, 2019

Surveying the Searles Valley Earthquake Scarp

USGS Seismologists Alan Yong and Elizabeth Cohcran conduct field work near the main rupture between Trona and Ridgecrest California.

fault scarp
July 6, 2019

Pointing out fault scarp for Searles Valley earthquake

USGS scientist pointing to the fault scarp that shows the fault moved horizontally, as well as laterally.

fault scarp
July 6, 2019

Fault scarp near epicenter of Searles Valley earthquake

Fault scarp close to the epicenter. In this location the fault has a main strand where much of the slip occurred, as well as distributed fractures.

Image shows a road with cracks from an earthquake at night
July 6, 2019

Highway 178 SW of Trona

California State Route 178 SW of Trona, following the M7.1 earthquake. Road is now closed for repairs. 

nightly view of highway with large cracks from earthquake and car in the distance.
July 6, 2019

2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence - M7.1 Highway 178

Highway 178 SW of Trona. Taken earlier in the morning July 6, 2019 after the M7.1 earthquake which struck eastern California, southwest of Searles Valley, near Ridgecrest, CA.

Image shows two people standing on a desert rise
July 6, 2019

Inspecting the Fault Scarp

Scientists from USGS & CGS and Navy escort, and a UCLA engineer from the GEER team, inspect ~12 +/- 3 foot high fault scarp with from 3 to 5 feet of right-lateral motion near the expected maximum slip locality along the primary tectonic rupture associated with the M 7.1 event.

Image shows a road with damage from an earthquake
July 6, 2019

Damage to Access Road from Searles Valley Earthquake

Fault scarp at offset access road site. Center line has been offset up and to the right as one looks across the fault towards the east.

Image shows a group of people standing on a road surrounded by desert
July 6, 2019

Planning for Surveying for Earthquake Damage

Team discussion among CGS and USGS earthquake scientists at the location of the primary surface fault rupture where is has disrupted and offset an access road at the NAWS China Lake. The fault runs NW to SE across the road, which runs from west to east. The east side of the road is uplifted relative to the west side. The west side has shifted permanently towards the NW

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Image shows an aerial view of a road with surrounding desert
July 6, 2019

Railroad Track Offsets from Searles Valley Earthquake

Railroad tracks offset right-laterally by about 3 feet; southeast of Hwy. 178.