Updated California Fault Map

May 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm (Uncategorized)

According to the LA Times, a new map showing update fault data for California is being released.  The last map having been released in 1994, this new data includes 50 faults that were undiscovered 16 years ago.  I think it’s important to update maps like this more often, considering that fault location and the probability of dangerous tremors is a huge public safety issue in California.  It’s good to see that this is being done, though, because sharing this information with the public is a good application for the fault mapping research being conducted.  However, I think they should take this map one step further, the way the Times did.  They should release to the public a combination of the probability of tremor occurrance with the new fault map, and this should come from the state as an official map available to the public.  It’s important to have this data available and updated on a regular basis.  In addition, they should take advantage of our online mapping technology to make this data available over the internet, so that it’s not just people who go out and get a paper copy that are aware of these new faults and the dangers they indicate.

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