Earthquake Hazards Program
*Edward H. Field, Timothy E. Dawson, Karen R. Felzer, Arthur D. Frankel, Vipin Gupta, Thomas H. Jordan, Tom Parsons, Mark D. Petersen, Ross S. Stein, Ray J. Weldon II, and Chris J. Wills
California’s 35 million people live among some of the most active earthquake faults in the United States. Public safety demands credible assessments of the earthquake hazard to maintain appropriate building codes for safe construction and earthquake insurance for loss protection. Seismic hazard analysis begins with an earthquake rupture forecast—a model of probabilities that earthquakes of specified magnitudes, locations, and faulting types will occur during a specified time interval. This report describes a new earthquake rupture forecast for California developed by the 2007 Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities (WGCEP 2007).
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Appendix A: California Fault Parameters for the National Seismic Hazard Maps and Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities 2007, by C.J. Wills, R.J. Weldon II, and W.A. Bryant
Appendix B: Recurrence Interval and Event Age Data for Type A Faults, by T.E. Dawson, R.J. Weldon II, and G.P. Biasi
Appendix C: Monte Carlo Method for Determining Earthquake Recurrence Parameters from Short Paleoseismic Catalogs: Example Calculations for California, by T. Parsons
Appendix D: Magnitude-Area Relationships, by R.S. Stein
Appendix E: Overview of the Southern San Andreas Fault Model, by R.J. Weldon II, G.P. Biasi, C.J. Wills, and T.E. Dawson
Appendix F: Summary of Geologic Data and Developments of A-Priori Rupture Models for the Elsinore, San Jacinto, and Garlock Faults, by T.E. Dawson, T.K. Rockwell, R.J. Weldon II, and C.J. Wills
Appendix G: Development of Final A-Fault Rupture Models for WGCEP/NSHMP Earthquake Rate Model 2.3, by E.H. Field, R.J. Weldon II, V. Gupta, T. Parsons, W.J. Wills, T.E. Dawson, R.S. Stein, and M.D. Petersen
Appendix H: WGCEP Historical California Earthquake Catalog, by K.R. Felzer and T. Cao
Appendix I: Calculating California Seismicity Rates, by K.R. Felzer
Appendix J: Spatial Seismicity Rates and Maximum Magnitudes for Background, by M.D. Petersen, C.S. Mueller, A.D. Frankel, and Y. Zeng
Appendix K: A-Priori Rupture Models for Northern California Type-A Faults, by C.J. Wills, R.J. Weldon II, and E.H. Field
Appendix L: Cascadia Subduction Zone, by A.D. Frankel and M.D. Petersen
Appendix M: Empirical Estimation of Regional Time Variation in Seismicity, by K.R. Felzer
Appendix N: Conditional, Time-Dependent Probabilities for Segmented Type-A Faults in the WGCEP UCERF 2, by E.H. Field and V. Gupta
Appendix O: Paleoseismic Investigations of the Walnut Site on the San Jacinto Fault, by T.E. Fumal and K.J. Kendrick (three large sheets)
Appendix P: Compilation of Surface Creep on California Faults and Comparison of WGCEP 2007 Deformation Model to Pacific-North America Plate Motion, by B.A. Wisely, D.A. Schmidt, and R.J. Weldon II
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Suggested citation and version history
USGS Fact Sheet 2008-3027 Forecasting California’s Earthquakes—What Can We Expect in the Next 30 Years? by Edward H. Field, Kevin R. Milner, and the 2007 Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities
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