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Liquefaction Hazard Maps for Three Earthquake Scenarios
Entry ID: USGS_OFR_2008_1270

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Abstract: Maps showing the probability of surface manifestations of liquefaction in the northern Santa Clara Valley were prepared with liquefaction probability curves. The area includes the communities of San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Gatos Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale. The probability curves were based on complementary cumulative frequency ... View entire text
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Description: A zipped file containing the .kmz Google Earth file for the three earthquake scenario liquefaction scenario maps is linked below. Opening this file will launch Google Earth and zoom in on the study area. You can open the Places tool, go to the Temporary Places folder, and open the Liquefaction Scenarios For Santa Clara County line so you can turn layers on and off. The three Liquefaction Scenarios are shown as choices; click on them one at a time or in combination to view the study results.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 37.49   S: 37.25   E: -121.75   W: -122.21

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Thomas L. Holzer, Thomas E. Noce, and Michael J. Bennett
Dataset Title: Liquefaction Hazard Maps for Three Earthquake Scenarios
Dataset Series Name: Open File Report
Dataset Release Date: 2008
Dataset Release Place: Menlo Park, Calif.
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Version: 1.0
Issue Identification: 2008-1270
Data Presentation Form: GIS Data Files
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2008-09-12
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Use is limited by the 1:24,000 scale spatial resolution of the data. These data were created for the sole purpose of the Northern Santa Clara County liquefaction hazard study. The United States Geological Survey makes no expressed or implied warranty regarding the accuracy of these data. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the use of these data on any other system. Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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Publications-Western Region,Geological Division, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: (650) 329-5404
Email: mdiggles at
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road
Mail Stop 531
City: Menlo Park
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 94025
Country: USA
Distribution Media: Online
Distribution Size: 1.1 MB
Distribution Format: Google Earth .kmz
Fees: None

Distribution Media: Online
Distribution Size: 5.5 MB
Distribution Format: shapefiles
Fees: No fees
Phone: 650-329-5637
Fax: 650-329-5163
Email: tholzer at
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road, MS977
City: Menlo Park
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 94025-3561
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-10-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23