Lake Mary Fault – Potential Earthquake Threat to Flagstaff, Arizona
The Lake Mary Fault, situated immediately south of Flagstaff, Arizona, represents the greatest earthquake hazard to the more than 70,000 people of Flagstaff and environs. In a new video, Dr. David Brumbaugh, Arizona Earthquake Information Center (AEIC) at Northern Arizona University, narrates the, “Lake Mary Fault – Potential Earthquake Threat to Flagstaff, Arizona”. Since the mid-1980’s, Dr. Brumbaugh has studied faults and monitored earthquakes of northern Arizona using the AEIC seismic network.
As Dave Brumbaugh notes in the video, the maximum probable earthquake of the ~ 25 mile long, Lake Mary fault is estimated at magnitude (M) M6.9 to M7.0. An event of that magnitude would have dire consequences for older structures and for unreinforced masonry buildings in the Flagstaff area. And Flagstaff is no stranger to moderate-sized earthquakes. From 1906 to 1912, three magnitude 6.0 to 6.2 earthquakes occurred within 24 miles of the town.