Surface Displacements in the 1906 San Francisco and 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquakes

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Science  30 Nov 1990:
Vol. 250, Issue 4985, pp. 1241-1244
DOI: 10.1126/science.250.4985.1241


The horizontal displacements accompanying the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake are computed from geodetic survey measurements. The 1906 earthquake displacement field is entirely consistent with right-lateral strike slip on the San Andreas fault. In contrast, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake exhibited subequal components of strike slip and reverse faulting. This result, together with other seismic and geologic data, may indicate that the two earthquakes occurred on two different fault planes.

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