Modified Mercalli Intensity Maps for the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Plotted in ShakeMap FormatEntry ID: USGS_OFR_2005_1135
Abstract: This website presents Modified Mercalli Intensity maps for the great San
Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906. These new maps combine two important
developments. First, we have re-evaluated and relocated the damage and shaking
reports compiled by Lawson (1908). These reports yield intensity estimates for
more than 600 sites and constitute the largest set of intensities ever compiled
for a single earthquake. Second, we use the recent ShakeMap methodology to map
these intensities. The resulting MMI intensity maps are remarkably detailed and
eloquently depict the enormous power and damage potential of this great
[Summary provided by the USGS.]
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: John Boatwright and Howard Bundock
Dataset Title: Modified Mercalli Intensity Maps for the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Plotted in ShakeMap Format
Dataset Release Date: 2005-04-05
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Data Presentation Form: online filesOnline Resource: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1135/
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Start Date: 1906-04-18Stop Date: 1906-04-18
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Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (650) 329-5404
Email: mdiggles at usgs.gov
U.S. Geological Survey 345 Middlefield Road Mail Stop 531
City: Menlo Park
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 94025
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DIF Creation Date: 2005-04-19
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18