CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2004 |
Over the better part of two decades, the ranchers of this lonely patch of rolling grassland and the curious professors stationed here have learned to accommodate each other. The scientists remember to shut cattle gates behind them and the ranchers abide all manner of machinery poked into their pastures in hopes of capturing a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault -- long predicted but long delayed in arriving. With strong aftershocks from Tuesday's 6.
February 28, 1999 |
If you're trying to find Parkfield, it's slightly to the left of James Dean's death site. Literally. Parkfield is 17 bumpy miles north (on a narrow one-lane road) of the spot on California 46 where Dean's fatal crash occurred, between Paso Robles and Bakersfield. The crash site is just east of the James Dean memorial in the tiny blink-and-you-miss-it town of Cholame (pronounced Sha-LAM).
February 27, 1999 |
The site of one of scientists' most important earthquake prediction experiments, in Parkfield, Calif., was rattled by a magnitude 4.0 temblor Friday. No damage or injuries were reported from the moderate quake, which struck at 7:26 a.m. It was centered 6.6 miles deep and five miles northwest of the sparsely populated hamlet in southeastern Monterey County. No aftershocks were detected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1993 |
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, having put Central California on alert for a strong earthquake near the hamlet of Parkfield, on Monday downgraded the chance that a magnitude 6 quake will occur by early Wednesday morning. They said the probability had fallen to 1 in 8, and would fall to 1 in 20 if no such quake occurred by this morning. The assessment represented a major change from Sunday, when after a swarm of 25 temblors--the strongest a moderate 4.
November 15, 1993 |
Federal and state authorities issued their highest earthquake alert Sunday for a seven-county area surrounding the Central California hamlet of Parkfield, warning there is "about a one-in-three chance" of a strong magnitude 6 quake occurring on the San Andreas Fault by early Wednesday. It was only the second time in California's eight-year experiment with formal earthquake predictions that a level "A" alert has been issued.
October 27, 1992
After last week's false alarm, Parkfield is rumbling again, and scientists say there is a renewed--but smaller--chance that a long-predicted magnitude 6 earthquake will strike soon along a much-monitored portion of the San Andreas Fault. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a Level B alert early Monday, after six small earthquakes rattled Middle Mountain, just northwest of the Central California ranching town. The largest, a magnitude 3.9, struck at 11:27 p.m. Sunday.