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Fault Name Index

Death Valley Fault Zone

Type of Fault: right-lateral strike-slip
Length: 115 km -- length of zone; total length of fault segments is roughly 200 km
Nearby CommunitY: Death Valley
Most Recent Surface Rupture: Holocene
Slip Rate: roughly 3 mm/yr at south end; considerably less (0.1 mm/yr (?) at north end
Interval Between Major Ruptures: roughly 1000 years (?)
Probable Magnituedes: Mw6.5 - 7.3
Other Notes: Unlikely that all segments would rupture simultaneously.

 

References


This fault is featured on the following maps:
Basin and Range Fault Map
Mojave Fault Map

 

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