Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth

Whittier Narrows Earthquake

Just 3 hours after the Whittier Narrows earthquake struck, it became clear that a heretofore unseen geological structure was seismically active beneath metropolitan Los Angeles. Contrary to initial expectations of strike-slip or oblique-slip motion on the Whittier fault, whose north end abuts the aftershock zone, the focal mechanism of the mainshock showed pure thrust faulting on a deep gently inclined surface [Hauksson et al., 1988].

    1. The 1987 Whittier Narrows, California, earthquake: A Metropolitan shock (pages 9545–9547)

      Egill Hauksson, Ross S. Stein

      Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/JB094iB07p09545

    2. Seismicity and active compressional tectonics in Santa Monica Bay, southern California (pages 9591–9606)

      Egill Hauksson, Geoffrey V. Saldivar

      Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/JB094iB07p09591

    3. Source complexity of the October 1, 1987, Whittier Narrows earthquake (pages 9548–9556)

      Allison L. Bent, Donald V. Helmberger

      Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/JB094iB07p09548