Significant Earthquakes and Faults
Chronological Earthquake Index
North Palm Springs Earthquake
Type of Faulting: right-lateral strike-slip
Time: July 8, 1986 / 2:21 am PDT
Location: 34° 00' N, 116° 36.5' W 10 km (6 miles) NW of North Palm Springs
FAULT INVOLVED: either the Banning fault or the Garnet Hill fault
The 1986 North Palm Springs earthquake was responsible for at least 29 injuries and the destruction or damage of 51 homes in the Palm Springs-Morongo Valley area. It also triggered landslides in the area. Damage caused by this quake was estimated at over $4 million. Ground cracking was observed along the Banning, Mission Creek, and Garnet Hill faults, but these cracks were due to shaking, not surface rupture.
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