Vertical deformation along the San Andreas Fault

Garrett M Thornton, University of Texas at El Paso


There have been numerous M 6+ earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault System (SAFS) (Schwartz et al., 1984) (Figure. 1.1) in the historical past. These rupture events have created millions of dollars worth of damage, and have been responsible for multiple lives lost. An improved understanding of the motions and crustal characteristics along the SAFS can lead to better hazard mitigation (Bakun et al., 2005). Horizontal crustal motions of the SAFS have been widely studied and applied to seismic hazard models (WGCEP, 2007), however vertical motions are not often utilized due to their complicated origin and sometimes large uncertainties. This study takes aim at broadening the use of vertical deformation data along the SAFS through an investigation of available datasets (geologic, geodetic, and tide gauge) and modeled motions.

Subject Area

Geographic information science|Geology|Geophysics

Recommended Citation

Thornton, Garrett M, "Vertical deformation along the San Andreas Fault" (2012). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1512602.