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Earthquakes in Huntington Beach Scanned Historical Documents (in Adobe PDF)

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070809-1

3.9 MB

Huntington Beach Disasters in 1933

This 12-page document by Vicky Contreras describes two disaster events that happened in Huntington Beach in 1933.  The first was the January Gale that took place on January 10, 1933 that caused significant damage to homes, buildings and oil fields throughout Huntington Beach.  The second event was an earthquake that took place on March 10, 1933, again causing wide-spread damage to buildings, homes, schools, etc., and causing 119 fatalities.

080317-2

596 KB   

Southern California Earthquake Faults

A map from the Los Angeles Times of 1971 showing and naming the earthquake faults in southern California.  Also included is an earthquake preparedness checklist.

080317-4

140 KB   

Announcing the NEIC BBS

An announcement (no date) by the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, that an electronic Bulletin Board System (BBS) is now available to provide both the scientific community and the general public with information on Seismology and Geomagnetism.

080317-5

143 KB   

How Many Earthquakes are Located Each Year?

A listing (no date) by the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, showing the number of earthquakes located worldwide, from 1984 to 1993, by magnitude.

080317-6

406 KB  

Earthquake Faults – San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains

A map showing earthquake faults in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountain areas.

080317-1

2.9 MB   

The Bigger One – A scenario of the First 24 Hours After a 7.5 Earthquake on the Newport-Inglewood Fault

An article from the Los Angeles Times Magazine of November 29,1987, that describes a fictional account of a magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the Newport-Inglewood fault as it might occur sometime in the near future. The scenarious were written by California seismologists based on studies done by the U.S. Geological Survey, the California Division of Mines and Geology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

080320-4

175 KB   

100% Chance of an EarthQuake Today!

A short article describing how common earthquakes are on this planet, with a major portion occurring around the rim of the Pacific Ocean (Ring of Fire).  It also talks a little about the future of earthquake prediction.

080320-5

205 KB   

Plates of the Earth

This is a map prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, showing the major tectonic plates of the planet, and where they intersect with each other.

080320-8

308 KB  

Tremor Tips – Family Earthquake Drill

A series of earthquake preparedness tips to assist families in the event of an earthquake.

080320-10

164 KB      

SEISMIC Earthquake Program

A Request form for the earthquake program SEISMIC.  This is a computer program for time and space visualization of seismicity.

080320-11

172 KB  

Richter Scale

A description of the Richter Scale for measuring the magnitude of earthquakes.  Also included are some of the major earthquakes that took place in the 20th century.

080320-13

434 KB

How Earthquakes are Measured

A bulletin put out by the California Division of Mines and Geology, describing how earthquakes are measured using the Richter Scale.  It also includes a description of the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale of 1931, that was used prior to the Richter Scale.

080320-15

107 KB 

Earthquake Hazard Special Study Zone

A map of the City of Huntington Beach showing the earthquake zones underlying the city.

080320-16

211  KB 

Map of Los Angeles County

A map of Los Angeles County showing some of the major earthquake faults underlying the County.

080331-2

1.1 MB

Seismographs – Keeping Track of Earthquakes

A description of seismographs, how they work and what they mean, from the September –October Earthquake Information Bulletin.

080331-4

984 KB   

Earthquake Safety Checklist

An earthquake safety checklist prepared by the American Red Cross.

080403-1

2.1 MB   

Getting Ready for a Big Quake

A special Sunset report from March 1982 on how to check your house for earthquake safety and make it more earthquake-resistant.  Many photographs and diagrams.

080403-4

5.6 MB   

How to Survive an Earthquake

A booklet prepared by the City of Huntington Beach in 1982 on how to survive an earthquake.  It is a guide and handbook for home, family and community preparedness. 

080317-3

1 MB   

4.6 Quake Jolts County

A series of articles from the Orange County Register of April 1989, discussing the 4.6 earthquake that occurred along the Newport-Inglewood fault on April 7, 1989.  The earthquake was a strike-slip fault, centered 8-10 miles below the surface in Newport Beach.

080403-2

2.9 MB   

The Loma Prieta Earthquake of October 17, 1989

A brief geologic view prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey of what caused the Loma Prieta earthquake and implications for future California earthquakes.  What happened, what is expected, and what can be done.  Many charts and diagrams.

080331-1

442 KB   

Earth Science Information from the U.S. Geological Survey

A listing of earth science information resources available from the U.S. Geological Survey from October 1989.  The following topics are included: Earth Science information and sales, Geologic information, Minerals information,  Water Resources information, Map Sales, Book and Open-File Report sales, and Air and Space Images Information and Sales.

091119-2

578 KB

Cities List Quake-Vulnerable Buildings

An article from the Orange County Register of January 7, 1990 talking about how cities in Orange County were required to identify to the state, potentially hazardous buildings in the event of a strong earthquake.  The article lists several buildings in Huntington Beach, and shows a picture of some of those buildings on Main St. in downtown Huntington Beach.

080320-14

106 KB  

Huntington Beach – It’s on Shaky Ground

A short article from the Orange County Register of June 3, 1990 describing some of the problems that the City of Huntington Beach would face during a severe earthquake.

080317-7

1.6 MB   

The Southern California Earthquake Bulletin – Special Bulletin No. 1:

The Sierra Madre Earthquake of June 28, 1991

This bulletin represents the first collaborative effort between the Southern California Earthquake Center and the Southern California Earthquake Preparedness Project.  The purpose of the bulletin is to provide a rapid assessment of significant earthquakes in the southern California region for the benefit of emergency management professional, scientists and science writers, engineers and interested members of the public.

080331-3

987 KB   

Lives on the Line – Newport-Inglewood Fault Could be Deadly for Much of Orange County

An article from the Orange County Register of July 5, 1992 describing the dangers to Orange County of an earthquake on the Newport-Inglewood.  It also contains a drawing that shows all the major structures in Orange County that would be affected by a severe earthquake on the Newport-Inglewood fault.

080403-3

6.0 MB   

Preliminary Determination of Epicenters

The October 1992 Monthly Listing of preliminary determination of epicenters, prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey.  Shows facts by day of all earthquakes recorded throughout the world.

080331-5

874 KB   

National Earthquake Information Center – Quick Epicenter Determinations

An information bulletin put out by the National Earthquake Information Center in November 1993 on how users may log in and use the Quick Epicenter Determination (QED) system run by the U.S. Geological Survey.

080320-7

66 KB   

Ten Largest Earthquakes – 1900–1994

A listing of the 10 largest earthquakes occurring on the planet from 1900-1994.  Year, Time, Location and Magnitude are shown.

080320-6

254 KB    

Northridge, California Earthquake Source Fault Motion

This is a map prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, showing the location of the Northridge California earthquake of January 17, 1994.  The earthquake measured magnitude 6.7 on the Richter Scale.

080320-12

272 KB

Northridge Earthquake – Seismograph

A copy of the seismograph of the Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994.

080320-9

176 KB   

Northern Bolivia Earthquake Source Fault Motion

This is a map prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, showing the location of the Bolivian earthquake of June 9, 1994.  The earthquake measured magnitude 8.2 on the Richter Scale.

080320-1

130 KB 

City of Huntington Beach – Sectional District Map 34-5-11

080320-2

193 KB   

City of Huntington Beach – Sectional District Map 12-6-11

080320-3

158 KB 

City of Huntington Beach – Sectional District Map 2-6-11


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