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Photograph of southern Alaska’s Lisianski Inlet.

All is calm in southern Alaska’s Lisianski Inlet in this 2015 view from the deck of R/V Solstice. A systematic survey of the nearby Queen Charlotte–Fairweather Fault, the source of several major earthquakes, has produced valuable information on the fault’s structure and slip mechanisms. Credit: Daniel S. Brothers
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Bohannon, R.G., and Gardner, J.V., 2004, Submarine landslides of San Pedro escarpment, southwest of Long Beach, California: Marine Geology, v. 203, p. 261-268, doi: 10.1016/S0025-3227(03)00309-8

Brothers, D.S., Conrad, J.E., Maier, K.L., Paull, C.K., McGann, M., and Caress, D.W., 2015, The Palos Verdes Fault offshore southern California: Late Pleistocene to Present tectonic geomorphology, seascape evolution and slip-rate estimate based on AUV and ROV surveys: Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, v. 120 no. 7, pp. 4734–4758, doi: 10.1002/2015jb011938

Brothers, D.S., Haeussler, P., East, A., ten Brink, U., Andrews, B., Dartnell, P., Miller, N., and Kluesner, J., 2017, A closer look at an undersea source of Alaskan earthquakes: Eos, v. 98, doi: 10.1029/2017EO079019.

Brothers, D.S., Haeussler, P.J., Liberty, L., Finlayson, D., Geist, E., Labay, K., and Byerly, M., 2016, A submarine landslide source for the devastating 1964 Chenega tsunami, southern Alaska: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 438, pp. 112–121, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.01.008

Conrad, J.E., Lee, H.J., Edwards, B.D., McGann, M., and Sliter, R.W., 2012, Newly recognized submarine slide complexes in the southern California bight: Abstract OS43C-1845, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2010, San Francisco, Calif.

Conrad, J.E., Ryan, H.F., Paull, C.K., McGann, M., and Edwards, B.D., 2012, New active fault map for the Inner Continental Borderland, southern California, Santa Monica Bay to the Mexican Border (abstract): Seismological Research Letters, v. 83, p. 373, doi: 10.1785/gssrl.83.2.316

Covault, J.A., Kostic, S., Paull, C.K., Ryan, H.F., and Fildani, A., 2014, Submarine channel initiation, filling and maintenance from sea-floor geomorphology and morphodynamic modelling of cyclic steps: Sedimentology, v. 61, p. 1031-1054

Dartnell, P., Conrad, J.E., Ryan, H.F., Finlayson, D.P, 2014, Bathymetry and acoustic backscatter—outer mainland shelf and slope, Gulf of Santa Catalina, southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 1094, 15 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141094

Dartnell, P., Driscoll, N.W., Brothers, D., Conrad, J.E., Kluesner, J., Kent, G., and Andrews, B., 2015, Colored shaded-relief bathymetry, acoustic backscatter, and selected perspective views of the inner continental borderland, Southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3324, 3 p., doi: 10.3133/sim3324

Field, E.H., Biasi, G.P., Bird, P., Dawson, T.E., Felzer, K.R., Jackson, D.D., Johnson, K.M., Jordan, T.H., Madden, C., Michael, A.J., Milner, K.R., Page, M.T., Parsons, T., Powers, P.M., Shaw, B.E., Thatcher, W.R., Weldon, R.J., II, and Zeng, Y., 2013, Uniform California earthquake rupture forecast, version 3 (UCERF3)—The time-independent model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1165, 97 p., California Geological Survey Special Report 228, and Southern California Earthquake Center Publication 1792, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1165/

Fisher, M.A., Langenhiem, V.E., Nicholson, C., Ryan, H., and Sliter, R.W., 2009, Recent developments in understanding the tectonic evolution of the Southern California offshore area: Implications for earthquake-hazard analysis, in Lee, H.J., and Normark, W.R., eds., Earth Science in the Urban Ocean: The Southern California Continental Borderland: Geological Society of America Special Paper 454, p. 229-250, doi: 10.1130/2009.2454(4.2)

Fisher, M.A., Normark, W.R., Greene, H.G., Lee, H.J. and Sliter, R.W., 2005, Geology and tsunamigenic potential of submarine landslides in Santa Barbara Channel, southern California: Marine Geology, v. 224, p. 1-22, doi: 10.10161/j.margeo.2005.07.012

Fisher, M.A., Sorlien, C.C., and Sliter, R.W., 2009, Potential earthquake faults offshore Southern California, from the eastern Santa Barbara Channel south to Dana Point, in Lee, H.J., and Normark, W.R., eds., Earth Science in the Urban Ocean: The Southern California Continental Borderland: Geological Society of America Special Paper 454, p. 271-290, doi: 10.1130/2009.2454(4.4)

Greene, H.G., Murai, L.Y., Watts, P., Maher, N.A., Fisher, M.A., Paull, C.E., and Eichhubl, P., 2006, Submarine landslides in the Santa Barbara Channel as potential tsunami sources: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, v. 6, p. 63-88, doi: 10.5194/nhess-6-63-2006

Gutmacher, C.E., Normark, W.R., Ross, S.L., Edwards, B.D., Sliter, R., Hart, P., Cooper, B., Childs, J., and Reid, J.A., 2000, Cruise report for A1-00-SC Southern California Earthquake Hazards Project, Part A: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-516, 50 p.

Hartwell, S.R., Finlayson, D.P., Dartnell, P., and Johnson, S.Y., 2013, Bathymetry and Acoustic Backscatter—Estero Bay, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1225, doi: 10.3133/ofr20131225

Hill, J.C., Brothers, D.S., Craig, B.K., ten Brink, U.S., Chaytor, J.D., and Flores, C.H., 2016, Geologic controls on submarine slope failure along the central U.S. Atlantic margin: Insights from the Currituck Slide Complex: Marine Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2016.10.007

Johnson, S.Y., Hartwell, S.R., Dartnell, P., 2014, Offset of Latest Pleistocene Shoreface Reveals Slip Rate on the Hosgri Strike-Slip Fault, Offshore Central California: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 104 no. 4, pp. 1650–1662, doi: 10.1785/0120130257

Johnson, S.Y., and Watt, J.T., 2012, Influence of fault trend, bends, and convergence on shallow structure and geomorphology of the Hosgri strike-slip fault, offshore Central California: Geosphere, v. 8, no. 6, 25 p., doi: 10.1130/GES00830.1

Kluesner, J., and Brothers, D., 2016, Seismic attribute detection of faults and fluid pathways within an active strike-slip shear zone: New insights from high-resolution 3D P-Cable™ seismic data along the Hosgri Fault, offshore California: Interpretation, v. 4 no. 1, p. SB131-SB148, doi: 10.1190/INT-2015-0143.1

Langenheim, V.E., Watt, J.T., and Denton, K.M., 2012, Magnetic map of the Irish Hills and surrounding areas, San Luis Obispo County, central California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1080, scale 1:24,000

Lee, H.J., Greene, H.G., Edwards, B.D., Fisher, M.A., and Normark, W.R., 2009, Submarine landslides of the southern California Borderland, in Lee, H.J., and Normark, W.R., eds., Earth science in the urban ocean: Geological Society of America Special Paper 454, p. 251-269, doi: 10.1130/2009.2454(4.3)

Locat, J., Lee, H.J., Locat, P., and Imran, J., 2004, Numerical analysis of the mobility of the Palos Verdes debris avalanche, California, and its implication for the generation of tsunamis: Marine Geology, v. 203, p. 269-280, doi: 10.1016/S0025-3227(03)00310-4

Maier, K.L., Brothers, D.S., Paull, C.K., McGann, M., Caress, D.W., and Conrad, J.E., In Press, Records of continental slope sediment flow morphodynamic responses to gradient and active faulting from integrated AUV and ROV data, offshore Palos Verdes, southern California Borderland: Marine Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2016.10.001

Maier, K.L., Fildani, A., Paull, C.K., Graham, S.A., McHargue, T.R., Caress, D.W., McGann, M., 2011, The elusive character of discontinuous deep-water channels: New insights from Lucia Chica channel system, offshore California: Geology, v. 39 no. 4, pp. 327–330, doi: 10.1130/G31589.1

Maier, K.L., Gatti, E., Wan, E., Ponti, D.J., Pagenkopp, M., Starratt, S.W., Olson, H.A., and Tinsley, J.C., 2015, Quaternary tephrochronology and deposition in the subsurface Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California, U.S.A: Quaternary Research, v. 83 no. 2, pp. 378–393, doi: 10.1016/j.yqres.2014.12.007

Maier, K.L., Hartwell, S.R., Johnson, S.Y., Davenport, C., and Greene, H.G., 2016, Offshore and onshore geology and geomorphology, Monterey Canyon and Vicinity map area, California, sheet 10 in Dartnell, P., Maier, K.L., Erdey, M.D., Dieter, B.E., Golden, N.E., Johnson, S.Y., Hartwell, S.R., Cochrane, G.R., Ritchie, A.C., Finlayson, D.P., Kvitek, R.G., Sliter, R.W., Greene, H.G., Davenport, C., Endris, C., Krigsman, L.M. (P. Dartnell and S.A. Cochran, eds.), California State Waters Map Series—Monterey Canyon and Vicinity: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1072, 85 p., 10 sheets, scale 1:24,000, 10.5066/F7251G78

Maier, K.L., Paull, C.K., Brothers, D.S., Caress, D.W., McGann, M., Lundsten, E.M., Anderson, K., and Gwiazda, R., 2017, Investigation of Late Pleistocene and Holocene Activity in the San Gregorio Fault Zone on the Continental Slope North of Monterey Canyon, Offshore Central California: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 107 no. 3, pp. 1094–1106, doi: 10.1785/0120160261

Maier, K.L., Paull, C.K., McGann, M., and Conrad, J.E., 2016, Sediment core data from offshore Palos Verdes, California: U.S. Geological Survey data release, doi: 10.5066/F7G44NB6

Maier, K.L., Paull, C.K., McGann, M.L., Lundsten, E.M., Anderson, K., Gwiazda, R., and Brothers, D.S., 2016, Sediment core data from the northern flank of Monterey Canyon, offshore California: U.S. Geological Survey data release, doi: 10.5066/F7J67F2K

Maier, K.L., Ponti, D.J., Tinsley, J.C., Gatti, E., Pagenkopp, M., 2014, Geologic logs of geotechnical cores from the subsurface Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1127, 10 p., doi: 10.3133/ofr20141127

Miller, J.J., von Huene, R., and Ryan, H.F., 2014, The 1946 Unimak tsunami earthquake area—Revised tectonic structure in reprocessed seismic images and a suspect near-field tsunami source: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1024, 19 p., doi: 10.3133/ofr20141024

Normark, W.R., McGann, M., and Sliter, R.W., 2004, Age of Palos Verdes submarine debris avalanche, southern California: Marine Geology, v. 203, p. 247-249, doi: 10.1016/S0025-3227(03)00308-6

Normark, W.R., McGann, M., and Sliter, R.W., 2009, Late Quaternary sediment-accumulation rates within the inner basins of the California Continental Borderland in support of geologic hazard evaluation, in Lee, H.J., and Normark, W.R., eds., Earth Science in the Urban Ocean: The Southern California Continental Borderland: Geological Society of America Special Paper 454, p. 117-140. doi: 10.1130/2009.2454(2.6)

Normark, W.R., Reid, J.A., Sliter, R.W., Holton, D., Gutmacher, C.E., Fisher, M.A., and Childs, J.R., 1999, Cruise report for O1-99-SC Southern California Earthquake Hazards project: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-560, 60 p.

Paull, C.K., Caress, D.W., Lundsten, E., Gwiazda, R., Anderson, K., McGann, M., Conrad, J.E., Edwards, B.D., and Sumner, E.J., 2013, Anatomy of the La Jolla Submarine Canyon system: offshore southern California: Marine Geology, v. 335, p. 16-34, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2012.10.003

Ryan, H.F., Conrad, J.E., Paull, C.K., and McGann, M., 2012, Slip rate on the San Diego Trough fault zone, inner California Borderland, and the 1986 Oceanside earthquake swarm revisited: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 102, n. 6, p. 2300-2312, doi:10.1785/0120110317, download PDF, 2.7 MB

Ryan, H.F., Draut, A.E., Keranen, K., Scholl, D.W., 2012, Influence of the Amlia fracture zone on the evolution of the Aleutian Terrace forearc basin, central Aleutian subduction zone: Geosphere, v. 8 no. 6, pp. 1254–1273, doi: 10.1130/Ges00815.1

Ryan, H.F., Legg, M.R., Conrad, J.E., and Sliter, R.W., 2009, Recent faulting in the Gulf of Santa Catalina; San Diego to Dana Point, in Lee, H.J., and Normark, W.R., eds., Earth Science in the Urban Ocean: The Southern California Continental Borderland: Geological Society of America Special Paper 454, p. 291-315

Ryan, H., von Huene, R., Scholl, D., and Kirby, S., 2012, Tsunami hazards to U.S. coasts from giant earthquakes in Alaska: Eos, Transactions, v. 93 no. 19, doi: 10.1029/2012eo190001

Ryan, H.F., von Huene, R., Wells, R.E., Scholl, D.W., Kirby, S., and Draut, A.E., 2012, History of earthquakes and tsunamis along the eastern Aleutian-Alaska megathrust, with implications for tsunami hazards in the California Continental Borderland, in Dumoulin, J.A., and Dusel-Bacon, C., eds., Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, 2011: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1795-A, 31 p.

Sliter, R. Johnson, S.Y., Watt, J.T., Scheirer, D.S., Allwardt, P. and Triezenberg, P.J., 2013, High-resolution seismic-reflection and marine-magnetic data from offshore central California--San Gregorio to Point Sur: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1071

Sliter, R.W., Normark, W.R., and Gutmacher, C.E., 2005, Multichannel seismic-reflection data acquired off the coast of southern California—Part A: 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1084, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1084/

Figure 2 from Johnson and Watt, 2012, Geosphere volume 8

Map showing regional geography, locations of seismic-reflection profiles (faint blue lines), outer boundary of multibeam bathymetric mapping (yellow line), significant faults (thick black lines), fault sections (A through H), and locations of the more detailed maps. From: Johnson and Watt, 2012, Geosphere v.8

ten Brink, U.S., Chaytor, J.D., Geist, E.L., Brothers, D.S., Andrews, B.D., 2014, Assessment of tsunami hazard to the U.S. Atlantic margin: Marine Geology, v. 353, pp. 31–54, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.02.011

Watt, J.T., Johnson, S.Y., Hartwell, S.R., and Roberts, M., 2015, Offshore geology and geomorphology from Point Piedras Blancas to Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3327, doi: 10.3133/sim3327

Watt, J.T., Ponce, D.A., Graymer, R.W., Jachens, R.C., and Simpson, R.W., 2014, Subsurface geometry of the San Andreas-Calaveras fault junction: Influence of serpentinite and the Coast Range Ophiolite: Tectonics, doi: 10.1002/2014TC003561

Watt, J., Ponce, D., Parsons, T., and Hart, P., 2016, Missing link between the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults: Science Advances, v. 2 no. 10, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1601441

 

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