Southern California Earthquake Data Center

Significant Earthquakes and Faults

Fault Name Index

Sierra Nevada Fault Zone

Type of Fault: normal

Length: at least 240 km (length of zone); surface traces are somewhat discontinuous, broken
Nearby Communities: Bishop, Big Pine, Dunmovin, Inyokern
Most Recent Surface Rupture: Holocene in part; varies greatly along trace
Slip Rate: less than 1 mm/yr (?)
Interval Between Major Ruptures: unknown
Probable Magnitudes: MW6.0 - 7.1 (?); unlikely that very long, continuous ruptures occur, given present-day appearance of surface trace

 

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Independence Fault

Type of Fault: normal
Length: 40 km
Nearby Communities: Independence, Lone Pine
Most Recent Surface Rupture: Holocene in part; otherwise, Late Quaternary
Slip Rate: between 0.1 and 1 mm/yr (?)
Interval Between Major Ruptures: unknown
Probable Magnitudes: MW6.0 - 7.2
Other Notes: Responsible for the impressive east face of the High Sierra near Mt. Whitney.

 

References


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

 

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