6.8 Magnitude Earthquake in California

Posted by on Thursday, June 22, 2017
A USGS report of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, Calif. turned out to be a false alarm. This is the story based on an earthquake that didn't happen. We regret the error.

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck 14 km south-southeast of Isla Vista, California.

It was centered in the Santa Barbara Channel at a depth of 10 km.

No tsunami warning was issued. 

The Hayward Fault is a strike-slip fault with approximately 5 mm a year of creep. 

The Hayward Fault runs from San Pablo Bay in the north to Fremont in the south, passing through the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, and Fremont. South of Fremont the fault branches into a complex set of surface faults that connect the Hayward Fault to the central part of the Calaveras Fault.



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