The 1994 Northridge earthquake in southern California spawned literally hundreds of investigations and their resulting publications. Many investigations are now deemed as paleoseismic, a term now widely used for good old-fashioned trenching and fault dating. Baldwin et al. (2000) continue this tradition by emplacing boreholes, a trench, and test pits across the face of a 2-m-high escarpment that marks the south side of the NW–SE–trending Northridge Hills in the northern San Fernando Valley.

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The Northridge Hills fault zone underlies the Northridge Hills, and interest in its ground-rupture potential was set forth over 50 yr ago by Hazzard...

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