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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.

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.