The idea for the Environmental and Engineering Geoscience special issue on surface fault rupture originated from discussions among Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members assembled by the California State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) to review aspects of the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act (AP-Act). In the autumn of 2006, the City of Camarillo came to the SMGB and requested interpretation of the SMGB's regulations, notably Section 3603(a) of the SMGB's Policies and Criteria regarding the placement of structures for human occupancy on the trace of an active fault. The request focused on the “presumption” that all faults within an earthquake...

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