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Image shows an aerial view of desert
July 6, 2019

Right-Lateral Fractures from Searles Valley Earthquake

Right-lateral slip across fractures on a hillside, with shattered ground along the surface fault rupture near Ridgecrest, CA.

Image shows several people standing next to a helicopter
July 6, 2019

Preparing for a Helicopter Overflight

CGS and USGS geologists and geophysicists with National Guard and Navy personnel plan next phase of helicopter-supported field investigations on Sat., July 6, 2019 at China Lake NAWS.

Image shows a crack in a road with a pen for scale
July 4, 2019

Earthquake Damage on California Hwy. 178

A fault offset on California State Route 178 following the Magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Searles Valley on July 4, 2019.

Image shows a woman measuring a crack in the roadway
July 4, 2019

Measuring Earthquake Damage on California Hwy. 178

Janis Hernandez (California Geological Survey) measures 18 centimeters of offset across one strand of the fault rupture zone. This measurement was conducted following the Magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Searles Valley on July 4, 2019.

Image shows people in the distance measuring cracks in the roadway
July 4, 2019

Measuring Earthquake Damage on California Hwy. 178

Measurement of fault offset being done by USGS scientist Ken Hudnut, using the offset of a painted road stripe. This measurement was conducted following the Magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Searles Valley on July 4, 2019.

Image shows people and trucks in the distance, measuring cracks in the roadway
July 4, 2019

Measuring Earthquake Damage on California Hwy. 178

Measurement of fault offset being done by USGS scientist Ken Hudnut, using the offset of a painted road stripe on California State Route 178. This measurement was conducted following the Magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Searles Valley on July 4, 2019.

Image shows hands and a tape measure around a crack in the roadway
July 4, 2019

Measuring Earthquake Damage on California Hwy. 178

Measuring a fault offset on California State Route 178. This measurement was conducted following the Magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Searles Valley on July 4, 2019.

Image shows a crack in the road with a pen for scale
July 4, 2019

Earthquake Damage on California Hwy. 178

A fault offset on California State Route 178 with a pen for scale. This measurement was conducted following the Magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Searles Valley on July 4, 2019.

Image shows a side view of a roadway with a large crack in it
July 4, 2019

Earthquake Damage on California Hwy. 178

California State Route 178, showing cracks due to fault offsets following the Magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Searles Valley on July 4, 2019.

Image shows a crack in the ground with a tape measure over it
July 4, 2019

Surface Rupture from Fault

On July 4, 2019, a Magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Searles Valley, CA. This photo provides likely evidence that the fault that hosted the earthquake ruptured to the ground surface.

Image shows a crack in the ground with a truck in the background
July 4, 2019

Surface Rupture from Fault

On July 4, 2019, a Magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Searles Valley, CA. This photo provides likely evidence that the fault that hosted the earthquake ruptured to the ground surface.

crumbling house on grassy field
June 29, 2019

Palu Earthquake Damage to House from Liquefaction

House destroyed by Palu earthquake-induced liquefaction. Note standing water which indicates a nearly surface-level water table that contributed to the widespread liquefaction.