WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
Washington County, Utah
LOCATIONThe Hurricane Fault begins at the north end of Cedar Valley and goes in an almost straight line south, across Grand Canyon, and ends at Pete Springs, east of Kingman, Arizona.
DESCRIPTIONThe black rocks above Toquerville, La Verkin, and Hurricane are part of an ancient lava flow. The valleys on the west sank, creating what is known as the Hurricane Fault. Toquerville and La Verkin nestle against the highest point of the fault. Geologists have found, by drilling along the 300-mile fault, that it goes down between 5,000 and 8,000 feet into the ground at this point.
PHOTOSPhotos on the web:
Hurricane Fault Photos
REFERENCESWikipedia article on the Hurricane Cliffs
Structural Development and Paleoseismicity of the Hurricane Fault, Southwestern Utah and Northwestern Arizona
by William R. Lund, Wanda J. Taylor, Philip A. Pearthree, Heidi Stenner, Lee Amoroso, and Hugh Hurlow.
Geological Society of America, 2002 Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting
Cedar City, Utah, May 5 and 6, 2002
Paleoseismologic investigations of the Hurricane Fault in northwestern Arizona and southwestern Utah
by Heidi D. Stenner, William R. Lund, Philip A. Pearthree, and Benjamin L. Everitt
Arizona Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-8
April 1999, Reformatted and revised May, 2005