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.