Monta Vista Fault

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The Monta Vista Fault, south of the San Jose label

The Monta Vista Fault is a potentially active fault,[1] (a fault capable of generating destructive earthquakes) in Santa Clara County, California. It is a relatively short fault that runs between and generally parallel to the much longer San Andreas Fault and Hayward Fault Zones, trending northwest along the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the Coast Range Geomorphic Province. The most recent activity has been estimated to have been approximately 700,000 years ago.[1] It has a slip rate of 0.4 mm/year.[2] The fault runs through the campus of the Foothill College, meandering from under the child-care center and fine arts building to alongside the campus center and the Carriage House.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Geological problems", a section from the PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S MONTA VISTA, WOLFE, STELLING LOOPING PROJECT Environmental Review, California Public Utilities Commission
  2. ^ AEG San Francisco Section Newsletter, September 2004
  3. ^ Foothill College renovations jeopardized by earthquake fault Archived 2005-02-28 at the Wayback Machine

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