Thursday, December 22, 2011

Some Effects of the 2003 San Simeon Quake

Eight years ago this morning a M6.5 earthquake struck the Central Coast with startling ferocity.
The San Simeon Earthquake as it became known resulted in pockets of heavy damage, widespread light to moderate damage, numerous injuries, including your's truly as well as two fatalities in Paso Robles, CA, which received the brunt of the quake's wrath. The earthquake was the result of a rupture of the Oceanic Fault beneath the Santa Lucia Mountains north of Cambria, CA. What follows are a series of images I captured in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.

The City of Atascadero's Rotunda Building.
Park Street looking south from 14th Street in downtown Paso Robles, CA.
O'Shea's Bar in San Miguel, CA.
The Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel, CA.
Oceanic Fault roadcut along Santa Rosa Creek Road east of  Cambria, CA. Mineral springs formed in the roadbed immediately after the quake.
Numerous odiferous mineral springs formed in the bed and along the banks of Santa Rosa Creek immediately after the earthquake.
A huge boulder was loosened from a nearby outcropping by the earthquake and rolled down the hill across Santa Rosa Creek Road and came to rest in this garden.
*Note: I posted a previous piece about this earthquake on the sixth anniversary of it HERE.

All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved)

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