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Earthquakes

The City of Riverside's Emergency Management Office is actively coordinating the City's response to disasters as well as assisting residents to prepare for major events such as earthquakes, floods, hazardous material spills, plane crashes, train derailments, Africanized honey bees, and civil unrest. For specific information on a topic, click on your area of interest i.e. earthquakes, floods, etc.

The City of Riverside is surrounded by three major earthquake faults: San Andreas, San Jacinto and Elsinore faults. The San Andreas fault at it's closest point is 11 miles from downtown Riverside, running through the San Bernardino mountains. The fault is 600 miles long, stretching from Yreka in Northern California to the Mexican border.

The fault has the capability of producing up to an 8.3m earthquake. The San Jacinto fault extends more than 125 miles, from northwest of El Centro to northwest of San Bernardino.

This fault "passes through" the intersection of Interstate Highways 10 and 215, Loma Linda, the Box Springs Mountains across Highway 60 to the northern end of the San Jacinto Valley. This fault has the capability of producing up to a 7.0m earthquake. At it's closest point, this fault is seven (7) miles from downtown Riverside.

The Elsinore fault, which is much smaller than the San Jacinto fault is located southwest of Lake Matthews, running through Corona and south into Lake Elsinore. It is connected to the Whittier fault near Santa Ana River in the Corona/Riverside area. This fault has the capability of producing up to a 6.0m earthquake. At it's closest point, this fault is 13 miles from downtown Riverside. The disaster office provides earthquake presentations to businesses, community groups, and neighborhood watch groups within the City of Riverside. Since there is NO WAY that we can predict earthquakes it becomes more important for all of us to become prepared physically and mentally for this event.

If you need literature sent to you on earthquake preparedness, please call the Emergency Services Coordinator at: (951) 320-8100

Indicate the type of material you need: Children, business, office, home, seniors and/or pets.

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Southern California Earthquake Data Center.

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3401 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

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Email: fire@riversideca.gov

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