Significant Earthquakes and Faults
Fault Name Index
Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone
Type of Fault: right-lateral; local reverse slip associated with fault steps
Length: 75 km
Nearest Communities: Culver City, Inglewood, Gardena, Compton, Signal Hill, Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa
Most Recent Surface Rupture: March 10, 1933, MW6.4 (but no surface rupture)
Slip Rate: 0.6 mm/yr
Other Notes: Part of a complex zone of faulting north of Bakersfield.
Interval Between Major Ruptures: unknown
Probable Magnitudes: MW6.0 - 7.4
Other Notes: Surface trace is discontinuous in the Los Angeles Basin, but the fault zone can easily be noted there by the existence of a chain of low hills extending from Culver City to Signal Hill. South of Signal Hill, it roughly parallels the coastline until just south of Newport Bay, where it heads offshore, and becomes the Newport-Inglewood - Rose Canyon fault zone.