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                   Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 earthquake "chase" trip: San Andreas Fault from Parkfield to the Salton Sea, California

By DAN ROBINSON
Storm Chaser/Photographer
25 Years of Storm Chasing
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My interests in the earth sciences are centered around severe storms, but I have long been fascinated by plate tectonics and seismology. Storm chases are essentially field expeditions to observe those atmospheric phenomena, but I had yet to do anything in the field with earthquakes. I wanted to change that with this first "earthquake chase" trip.

As I've explained before, the southern part of the San Andreas Fault from Parkfield to the Salton Sea in southern California is considered primed for a major earthquake. It seemed like the best "target" in the US to observe before-and-after effects of a major earthquake, one that will probably happen in our lifetimes. On this trip, I spent three days on the fault. The following pages document some of the photo highlights from each segment.

Part 1: Parkfield, Cholame, Annette >

Parkfield, Cholame, Annette San Andreas Fault segment

Part 2: Carrizo Plain, Soda Lake and Bitter Creek >

Carrizo Plain, Soda Lake and Bitter Creek

Part 3: Frazier Park, Tejon Pass, Gorman >

San Andreas Fault at Tejon Pass, Gorman, CA
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Part 4: Palmdale, Littlerock >

The imagery from the following segments are coming soon:

Part 5: Wrightwood, Cajon Pass >

Part 6: San Bernardino

Part 7: Desert Hot Springs, Coachella Valley

GALLERY: All San Andreas Fault photos in gallery format

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