Get the best of KQED’s science coverage in your inbox weekly. We definitely haven't reached that point for the San Andreas fault system. Contributed by Dale Smith Photos by Phil Garbutt. Hayward fault creeps with a rate of approximately 1cm/year. transient fault creep accumulating an average of 20–25 mm of displacement on the fault followed by a gradual return to steady creep around year 2000. The last big earthquake along the Hayward Fault was in 1868. The fault slipped 3 to 6 feet along the fault. Streets crossing the fault in Hollister show significant offset and several houses sitting atop the fault are notably twisted (yet habitable). What happens farther west? Fault creep is aseismic fault slip that occurs in the uppermost part of the earth's crust during the time interval between large stress-releasing earthquakes on a fault or as "afterslip" in the days to years following an earthquake. The Hayward, a major branch of the San Andreas fault system, exhibits creep along at least 68 km of its <100 km length (Fig.1). Under the assumption that the seismic hazard associated … Generally creep occurs without … (In this picture the Bay Area is near the edge of that pattern, so while our faults creep they still are considered able to clobber us with magnitude-7 events.). The answer is … One of Saleeby's most interesting lines of research is exploring how the dense rocky root of the southern Sierra broke off (delaminated) and sank into the hotter, softer mantle beneath to form a "lithospheric drip" starting about 4 million years ago. When people learn about it, they often wonder if fault creep can defuse future earthquakes, or make them smaller. The seismic risk associated with creeping faults such as the Hayward fault (San Francisco Bay Area, CA) will depend on the rate of moment accumulation (slip deficit) on the fault plane, on the specific geometry of locked and free portions of the fault, and on the interactions between the fault zone and the surrounding lithosphere. California really is different from its neighbors.). The Hayward fault is a 90 kilometer long crack in the Earth's crust that travels through the San Francisco Bay area. Earthquakes estimated at magnitude 5.9 occurred on the Hayward Fault in 1864 and 1870, and a magnitude 5.6 event struck in 1889. Figure 3 also shows nicely how the sidewalk and pavement are damaged only in the zone of the Hayward trace. The Hayward fault is documented to undergo significant creep, with some patches accommodating 50% or more of the long‐term fault displacement. Thanks for signing up for our newsletter. How California's Warping Microplate Makes Its Faults Creep. The authors are Laetitia Le Pourhiet, a French geophysicist, and Jason Saleeby, a geologist at Caltech's Tectonics Observatory who has studied the southern Sierra Nevada for decades. See them shown in blue in this figure from the Geology paper. There, most of the fault between the surface and its base at around 15 kilometers depth turns out weak and slippery, and only a narrow band of rock in the middle of that range has enough friction to gather a lot of strain energy. Creep along the Hayward fault resulted in the "migration" of the stream. The Hayward Fault Zone is a geologic fault zone capable of generating destructive earthquakes.This fault is about 74 mi (119 km) long, situated mainly along the western base of the hills on the east side of San Francisco Bay.It runs through densely populated areas, including Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Union City, Fremont, and San Jose. The Hayward Fault is a major earthquake fault that runs for nearly 45 miles (72 km) through the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay region. In geology, aseismic creep or fault creep is measurable surface displacement along a fault in the absence of notable earthquakes. Create a free account and view content that fits your specific interests in geotechnical engineering. It … Last week I gave a walking tour of the Hayward fault along the Oakland-Berkeley border. The so-called creeping section runs from the village of Parkfield east of Paso Robles up to San Juan Bautista. When the authors fed that result into a model of the San Andreas fault's physics, the model accounted for the size and nature of the creeping section. On its west side, the drip is still attached and pulling down on the crust. To solve for a time‐dependent mode Lithospheric convective instability could induce creep along part of the San Andreas fault. 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