Egill Hauksson, & Lucile M. Jones

Published April 1995, SCEC Contribution #120

The Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994, at 4:31 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The hypocenter was about 32 km west-northwest of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley at a relatively deep focal depth of 19 km. The moment magnitude for the earthquake is Mw6.7. The earthquake occurred on a south-southwest dipping thrust ramp beneath the San Fernando Valley and, thus, reemphasized the seismic hazard of concealed faults in the greater Los Angeles region. The Northridge earthquake also indicates a continuing high rate of seismicity along the northern edge of the Los Angeles basin.

Hauksson, E., & Jones, L. M. (1995). Seismology. Earthquake Spectra, 11(S2), 1-12. doi: 10.1193/1.1585845.