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Local magnetic field measurements and fault creep observations on the San Andreas fault

January 1, 1980

Simultaneous creep and magnetic field records have been obtained for more than 60 episodic creep events since early 1974, no clear magnetic transients or offsets, as suggested by Breiner and Kovach (1968), are observed at or up to several days before the occurrence times of these events. Although some patterns of creep onset times at adjacent stations over periods of weeks to months appear to correspond to some periods of longer term change in local magnetic field, these changes do not always occur and other groups of creep events have no corresponding changes in local magnetic field. Changes in stress related to the surface expression of episodic fault creep on the San Andreas fault can be estimated from dislocation models fit to observations of simultaneous strains and tilts at points near the fault. These stress values are generally less than 1 bar. For these stress levels and with the apparent limited extent of surface failure, tectonomagnetic models of creep events indicate that simultaneous observations of related magnetic field variations at detectable levels of a gamma or so are unlikely. Slip at greater depth may occur more smoothly and would load the near-surface material to failure. These data also argue against large-scale dilatant cracking occurring along the region of the fault presently monitored. ?? 1980.

Publication Year 1980
Title Local magnetic field measurements and fault creep observations on the San Andreas fault
Authors M.J.S. Johnston, B.E. Smith, R. O. Burford
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Tectonophysics
Index ID 70012268
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse