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Earthquake California December 2014
The 2010 Baja California earthquake (also known as 2010 Easter earthquake, 2010 Sierra El Mayor earthquake, or 2010 El Mayor – Cucapah earthquake) occurred on April 4 (Easter Sunday) with a moment magnitude of 7.2 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong).The shock originated at 15:40:41 local time (3:40:41 PM PDT) south of Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico.
The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in Northern California on October 17 at 5:04 p.m. local time (1989-10-18 00:04 UTC). The shock was centered in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park approximately 10 mi (16 km) northeast of Santa Cruz on a section of the San Andreas Fault System and was named for the nearby Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
This past week an increase in seismic activity finally took place on the West Coast of the United States. In particular, Southern California was struck by a M5.3 earthquake next to the offshore pumping operations near Santa Barbara, CA — dust clouds were kicked up as small landslides occurred near the shoreline. See the video here:
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Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps
California earthquakes are a geologic inevitability. California occupies a central place in the history of seismology. The April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake - magnitude 7.8 - was pivotal to both earthquake hazard awareness and the development of earthquake science – including the fundamental insight that earthquakes arise from faults that abruptly rupture and slip.
A shallow magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck beneath the Pacific Ocean and off the coast of Northern California Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
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