Spasmodic Tremor and Possible Magma Injection in Long Valley Caldera, Eastern California

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Science  25 Mar 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4591, pp. 1432-1433
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4591.1432


Intensive microearthquake swarms with the appearance of volcanic tremor have been observed in the southwest part of Long Valley caldera, southeastern California. This activity, possibly associated with magma injection, began 6 weeks after several strong (magnitude 6+) earthquakes in an area south of the caldera and has continued sporadically to the present time. The earthquake sequence and magmatic activity are part of a broad increase in tectonic activity in a 15,000-square-kilometer region surrounding the "White Mountains seismic gap," an area with high potential for the next major earthquake in the western Great Basin.