Eastern Mojave Vegetation Rejuvenated Hot Spring After San Simeon Earthquake.  


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  Rejuvenated Hot Spring After San Simeon Earthquake.
Photograph taken December 26, 2003.

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the central California coast on December 22, 2003 at 11:15:56 am (PST). The event was located 11 km NE of San Simeon, and 39 km WNW of Paso Robles, where the brunt of the damage and casualties occurred. Two deaths occurred due to a building collapse in Paso Robles.

The magnitude 6.5 temblor ruptured a hot springs aquifer and as much as 1,000 gallons per minute of sulfurous water is pouring out of the ground at the City Hall parking lot.

The rupture was caused by the quake because it started the same day. It first appeared as a steaming spring about 4 inches high and 24 inches in diameter in the Paso Robles City Hall Parking lot (P. Rafferty, pers. comm.).

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