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The Dominguez Hills, California, earthquake of June 18, 1944

Martner, Samuel T. (1948) The Dominguez Hills, California, earthquake of June 18, 1944. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 38 (2). pp. 105-119. ISSN 1943-3573. doi:10.1785/bssa0380020105.

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Two small earthquakes on June 18, 1944, were felt generally in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and did slight damage in the region of Compton and Gardena, California, which included collapse of sixteen wells in the Rosecrans oil field. Epicenters of these shocks have been determined to be near 33° 51′ N Lat. and 118° 15′ W Long., with origin times at 4:03:34 p.m. and 7:06:06 p.m., P.S.T. This occurrence is compared with a previous happening in 1941, and the parallel is so striking that it is strongly suggested that the mechanism was similar in both.

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Additional Information:© 1948 Seismological Society of America. Manuscript received for publication, June 13, 1947. The writer wishes to thank Professors Beno Gutenberg and C. F. Richter, of the California Institute of Technology, for their kind encouragement and helpful suggestions during the determination of the location of the earthquakes described and for their valuable criticism of the paper prior to final draft. He also wishes to express his gratitude to the Union Oil Company of California, with Mr. C: A. Steiner especially in mind, for its splendid cooperation in allowing the tracing of those areas of their map of the Rosecrans oil field which were pertinent to the presentation of the subject and in offering information on wells damaged. Others whom the author wishes to mention for forwarding information of well damage are Mr. H. M. Stanier, Barnsdall Oil Co.; Mr. A. E. Jacobsen, Royalty Service Corporation, Ltd.; Mr. L. Rogers, Superior Oil Co.; and Mr. Emmett H. Jones, Isco Petroleum Corporation. The author's appreciation goes to Dr. J. P. Buwalda for his judicious consideration of the final draft.
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Official Citation:Samuel T. Martner; The Dominguez Hills, California, earthquake of June 18, 1944. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 1948; 38 (2): 105–119. doi:
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