Bibliography for the 1887 Great Sonoran Earthquake

Abstracts

Bull, W. B., S. S. Calvo, P. A. Pearthree, and J. Quade, Frequencies and magnitudes of surface rupture along the Pitaycachi fault, northeastern Sonora, Mexico (abstract), Geol. Soc. Am. Abstr. Prog., Cordilleran Section, 13, 47, 1981.

Gianella, V. P., Faulting in northeastern Sonora, Mexico, in 1887 (abstract), Bull. Geol. Soc. Am., 71, 2061, 1960.

Herd, D. G., and C. R. McMasters, Surface faulting in the Sonora, Mexico earthquake of 1887 (abstract), Geol. Soc. Am. Abstr. Prog., 14, 172, 1982.

Menges, C. M., P. A. Pearthree, and S. Calvo, Quaternary faulting in southeast Arizona and adjacent Sonora, Mexico (abstract), Geol. Soc. Am. Abstr. Prog., Cordilleran Section, 78th Annual Meeting, 14(4), 215, 1982.

Wagner, F., and R. A. Johnson, Near-surface seismic imaging across the Pitaycachi fault, northeastern Sonora, Mexico (abstract with poster), Geol. Soc. Am. Abstr. Prog., Paper No. 118-17, Annual Meeting, 2002. On-line abstract available from GSA at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2002AM/finalprogram/abstract_45910.htm

Historial Accounts/Studies

Aguilera, J. G., Estudio de los fenomenos seismicos del 3 de Mayo de 1887, Anales del Ministereo de Fomento de la Republica Mexicana, X, 5–56, 1888.

Aguilera, J. G., The Sonora earthquake of 1887, Bull Seismol. Soc. Am., 10, 31–44, 1920 (excerpts from Aguilera [1888] translated by Andrew C. Lawson).

An Occasional Correspondent, Earthquake phenomena in Arizona, The Engineering and Mining Journal, June 11, 1887, 417–418 (submitted from Tombstone, Ariz., May 25, 1887).

Bennett, E. F., An afternoon of terror:  The Sonoran earthquake of May 3, 1887, Arizona and the West, A Quarterly Journal of History, edited by H. P. Hinton, 19( 2), 107–120, summer issue, 1977.  (Reconstructed in Word and saved as a pdf.)

Goodfellow, G. E., The Sonora earthquake, Science, 9(224), 483–484, 1887a.

Goodfellow, G. E., The Sonora earthquake, Science, 10(236), 81–82, 1887b.

Goodfellow, G. E., The Sonora earthquake, Science, 11(270), 162–166, 1888.

Harper's Weekly (no author given), The Sonora earthquake, Harper's Weekly, 471, July 2, 1887.

Hunt, T. S., and J. Douglas, The Sonora earthquake of May 3, 1887, Am. Naturalist, 22, 1,104-1,106, 1887a.

Hunt, T. S., and J. Douglas, The Sonora earthquake of May 3, 1887, Nature, XXXVI, 572, 1887b.

Hunt, T. S., and J. Douglas, The Sonora earthquake of May 3, 1887, Trans. Seismol. Soc. Japan, 12, 29-31, 1888.

MacDonald, B., Remarks on the Sonora Earthquake—Its behavior at Tepic, Sonora, etc., Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 8, 74-78, 1918.

Staunton, W. F., Effects of an earthquake in a mine at Tombstone, Arizona, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 8, 25-27, 1918.

Scientific Studies/Summaries

Bull, W. B. and P. A.Pearthree, Frequency and size of Quaternary surface ruptures of the Pitaycachi fault, northeastern Sonora, Mexico, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 78(2), 956-978, 1988.

DuBois, S. M., Earthquakes, Fieldnotes, 9(1), 1–9, Ariz. Bur. Geol. Min. Tech. (now Arizona Geological Survey), Tucson, March 1979.  (Contains a partial list of rockfalls associated with 1887 Earthquake.)

DuBois, S. M., and M. Sbar, The 1887 Earthquake in Sonora:  Analysis of regional ground shaking and ground failure, in Proceedings of Conference XIII, Evaluation of Regional Seismic Hazards and Risk, (Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 25-27, 1980), edited by W. W. Hays and compiled by B. B. Charonnat, U.S. Geol. Surv. Open File Rep. 81-437, Reston, VA, 1981.

Castro, R. R., P. M. Shearer, L. Astiz, M. Suter, C. Jacques-Ayala, and F. Vernon, The Long-Lasting Aftershock Series of the 3 May 1887 Mw 7.5 Sonora Earthquake in the Mexican Basin and Range Province, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 100(3), 1153–1164, 2010.

DuBois, S. M. and A. W. Smith, The 1887 Earthquake in San Bernardino Valley, Sonora: Historic accounts and intensity patterns in Arizona, Univ. Ariz. Bur. Geol. Min. Tech. Special Paper No. 3, 112 pp., Tucson, Ariz. (now the Arizona Geological Survey), 1980.

McGarvin, T. G., The 1887 Sonoran earthquake:  It wasn’t our fault, Fieldnotes, 17(2), 1-2, summer 1987 issue, published by Ariz. Bur. Geol. Min. Tech., Tucson, Ariz. (now the Arizona Geological Survey).

Natali, S. G., and M. L. Sbar, Seismicity in the epicentral region of the 1887 northeastern Sonoran earthquake, Mexico, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 72(1), 181-196, 1982.

Pearthree, P. A., Late Quaternary faulting and seismic hazard in southeastern Arizona and adjacent portions of New Mexico and Sonora, Mexico, Ariz. Geol. Surv. Open File Rep. OFR-86-8, 22 pp., Tucson, Ariz., 1986.

Pearthree, P. A., W. B. Bull, and T. C. Wallace, Geomorphology and Quaternary geology of the Pitaycachi Fault, northeastern Sonora, Mexico, in Geologic Excursions Through the Sonoran Desert Region, Arizona and Sonora, edited by G. E. Gehrels and J. E. Spencer, pp. 124-135, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1990.

Sbar, M. L. and S. M. Dubois, Attenuation of intensity for the 1887 Northern Sonora, Mexico, earthquake, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 74, 2613–2628, 1984.  Also available at http://bssa.geoscienceworld.org/cgi/reprint/74/6/2613.pdf

Sumner, J. R., The Sonora earthquake of 1887, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 67(4), 1219-1223, 1977.

Suter, M., The historical seismicity of northeastern Sonora and northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico (28–32°N, 106–111°W), J. S. Am. Earth Sci., 14, 521–532, 2001.

Suter, M., Rupture of the Pitáycachi Fault in the 1887 Mw 7.5 Sonora, Mexico earthquake (southern Basin-and-Range Province): Rupture kinematics and epicenter inferred from rupture branching patterns, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 120, 617-641, 2015.

Suter, M., Contemporary studies of the 3 May 1887 Mw 7.5 Sonora, Mexico (Basin and Range Province) earthquake, Seismol. Res. Lett., 77(2), 134–147, 2006.  Also available at http://srl.geoscienceworld.org/cgi/reprint/77/2/134.pdf

Suter, M., and J. Contreras, Active tectonics of northeastern Sonora, Mexico (Southern Basin and Range Province) and the 3 May 1887 Mw 7.4 earthquake, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 92(2), 581-589, 2002.

Suter, M., Structural Configuration of the Otates Fault (Southern Basin and Range Province) and Its Rupture in the 3 May 1887 MW 7.5 Sonora, Mexico, Earthquake. Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 98(6), 2879–2893, 2008.

Suter, M., Structural confi guration of the Teras fault (southern Basin and Range Province) and its rupture in the 3 May 1887 MW 7.5 Sonora, Mexico earthquake. Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas, 25 (1), 179-195, 2008.

Wallace, T. C., and P. A. Pearthree, Recent earthquakes in northern Sonora, Arizona Geology, 19(3), 6-7, fall issue, 1989.

Wallace, T. C., A. M. Domitrovic, and P. A. Pearthree, Southern Arizona earthquake update, Arizona Geology, 18(4), 6–7, winter issue, 1988.

Other References

Bakun, W. H., MMI Attenuation and Historical Earthquakes in the Basin and Range Province of Western North America, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 96(6), 2206–2220, 2006.  (Uses 1887 earthquake as example.)  Also available at http://bssa.
geoscienceworld.org/cgi/reprint/96/6/2206.pdf

Bausch, D., Seismic-Hazard Mapping in Arizona, Arizona Geology, 23(2), 4-5, Summer 1993.

Castro, R. R., Condori, C., Romero, O., Jacques, C., and M. Suter. Seismic Attenuation in Northeastern Sonora, Mexico., Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 98: 722–732, 2008.

De Polo, C. M., D. G. Clark, D. B. Slemmons, and A. R. Ramelli, Historical surface faulting in the Basin and Range Province, western North America:  Implications for fault segmentation, J. Struct. Geol., 13, 123–136, 1991.  (References 1887 earthquake, with short discussion)

Dubois, S. M., and A. W. Smith, Earthquakes causing damage in Arizona, Fieldnotes, 10(3), 4-5, September 1980.

DuBois, S. M., Sbar, M.L., and Nowak, T.A., Historical seismicity in Arizona, Ariz. Bur. Geol. Min. Tech. Open-File Rep. 82-21, 199 pp., Tucson, 1982.

DuBois, S. M., A.W. Smith, N.K. Nye, and T.A. Nowak, Jr., Arizona Earthquakes, 1776-1980, Ariz. Geol. Surv. Bull. B-193, 456 p., scale 1:1,000,000 [includes Map 16], 1982.   [$15.00]

Fellows, L. D., Earthquake Hazard in Arizona, Arizona Geology, 30(1), 1-4, Spring 2000.  Also available in html format at http://www.azgs.state.az.us/Spring2000.htm.

Fernández, A. I., R. R. Castro, and C. I. Huerta. The Spectral Decay Parameter Kappa in Northeastern Sonora, Mexico, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 100(1), 196-206, 2010; DOI: 10.1785/0120090049.

Pearthree,  P. A. and S. S. Calvo, The Santa Rita fault zone:  Evidence for large magnitude earthquakes with very long recurrence intervals, basin and range province of southeastern Arizona, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 77(1), 97–116, 1987.  Also available at http://bssa.geoscienceworld.org/cgi/reprint/77/1/97.pdf

Sturgul, J. R., and T. D. Irwin, Earthquake history of Arizona, 1850-1966, Ariz. Geol. Soc. Dig., 9, 1-22, 1971.

Sumner, J. S., Earthquakes in Arizona, Fieldnotes, 6(1), 1-5, 1976.

URL’s Related to the 1887 Earthquake

 “The Day the Earth Shook,” article in the Tombstone Times (information taken from Dubois and Smith, 1980, The 1887 Earthquake in San Bernardino Valley, Sonora:  Historic accounts and intensity patterns in Arizona, Ariz. Geol. Special Paper No. 3.)  http://www.tombstonetimes.com/stories/quake.html

 “Historic Earthquakes:  Northern Sonora, Mexico, 1887 May 03 UTC,” U.S. Geological Survey.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/world/events/1887_05_03.php

 “The 1887 Pitaycachi Earthquake” (adapted from Wallace and Pearthree, 1989)
http://www.scieds.com/spinet/historical/pitaycachi.html

IRIS experiment profile for Wagner and Johnson 2002 GSA poster
http://www.passcal.nmt.edu/schedules/experiment_profiles/historical/subs/0132Pitaycachi_Fault_Zone_Investigation_
and_Pilot_Study.html

General URL’s Related to Arizona Earthquakes

Arizona Earthquake Hazards, Arizona Geological Survey (on-line publications)
http://www.azgs.az.gov/hazards_earthquakes.shtml

Arizona Earthquake Information Center, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
http://www4.nau.edu/geology/aeic/aeic.html

Arizona Earthquake Information, U.S. Geological Survey
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states/?regionalID=4&region=Arizona

Southern Arizona Earthquake Observatory, University of Arizona
http://www.geo.arizona.edu/saso/

Other Related Arizona Geological Survey Publications

Menges, C.M., The Neotectonic Framework of Arizona:  Implications for the Regional Character of Basin and Range Tectonism, Ariz. Geol. Surv. Open File Rep. OFR-83-19, 109 pp., Tucson, 1983.  ($13.00)

Menges, C.M., and P.A. Pearthree, Map of Neotectonic (Latest Pliocene-Quaternary) Deformation in Arizona, Ariz. Geol. Surv. Open File Rep. OFR-83-22, 48 pp., scale 1:500,000, 4 sheets, Tucson, 1983.  (Text and sheets $16.25)

Pearthree, P. A., and D. B. Bausch, Earthquakes Hazards in Arizona (map), Ariz. Geol. Surv. Map 34, Tucson, 1999.

Pearthree, P. A., C. A. Menges, and L. Mayer, Distribution, recurrence, and possible tectonic implications of Late Quaternary faulting in Arizona, Ariz. Geol. Surv. Open-File Rep. OFR-83-20, 36 pp., Tucson, 1983.  ($9.00)

Scarborough, R.B., C.M. Menges, and P.A. Pearthree, Map of Basin and Range (Post-15 m.y.a.) exposed faults, grabens, and basalt-dominated volcanism in Arizona, Ariz. Geol. Surv. Open File Rep. OFR-83-21, 25 p., scale 1:500,000, 2 sheets, Tucson, 1983.  (Text and sheets $9.75)