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Fault Name Index

Premier and New Hope Faults

Type of Fault: normal
Length: 17 km
Nearest Communities: Oildale, Bakersfield
Most Recent Surface Rupture: actively creeping since the late 1940's; otherwise Quaternary
Other Notes: These faults dip to the west.


These faults are similar to the nearby Kern Front fault. They were pre-existing Quaternary faults which began creeping when fluids in the rocks below were removed by man.



This fault is featured on the following map:
Northwest Fault Map