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East Kamas fault (Class A) No. 2391

Last Review Date: 1999-10-01

Compiled in cooperation with the Utah Geological Survey

citation for this record: Black, B.D., and Hecker, S., compilers, 1999, Fault number 2391, East Kamas fault, in Quaternary fault and fold database of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey website, https://earthquakes.usgs.gov/hazards/qfaults, accessed 05/29/2024 03:25 PM.

Synopsis Poorly understood Quaternary(?) faults bounding the eastern side of Kamas Valley appear to have been last active before 130-140 ka.

Name comments Fault ID: Refers to fault number 12-11 of Hecker (1993 #642).
County(s) and State(s) SUMMIT COUNTY, UTAH
Physiographic province(s) MIDDLE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Reliability of location Good
Compiled at 1:250,000 scale.

Comments: Fault traces from mapping of Sullivan and others (1988 #4508).

Geologic setting Generally north-trending range-front normal faults along the eastern side of Kamas Valley on the western edge of the Uinta Mountains.

Length (km) 15 km.
Average strike N1°E
Sense of movement Normal
Dip Direction W
Paleoseismology studies

Geomorphic expression Range-front escarpment. Alluvial deposits that are estimated to be 130-140 ka (Sullivan and others, 1988 #4508) cross the inferred trace of the fault and appear to be unfaulted. Degraded scarps on old alluvial-fan remnants could be the result of faulting, but the presence of a parallel scarp (terrrace riser) cut by the Weber River suggests an erosional origin is more likely.

Age of faulted surficial deposits Quaternary(?); deposits that are estimated to be 130-140 ka (Sullivan and others, 1988 #4508) appear to be unfaulted.
Historic earthquake
Most recent prehistoric deformation undifferentiated Quaternary (<1.6 Ma)

Comments: Based on range-front morphology and soil development, Sullivan and others (1988 #4508) reported no evidence for late Quaternary faulting.

Recurrence interval
Slip-rate category Less than 0.2 mm/yr

Comments: Unfaulted 130-140 ka deposits (Sullivan and others, 1988 #4508) indicate a low slip rate.
Date and Compiler(s) 1999
Bill D. Black, Utah Geological Survey
Suzanne Hecker, U.S. Geological Survey
References #642 Hecker, S., 1993, Quaternary tectonics of Utah with emphasis on earthquake-hazard characterization: Utah Geological Survey Bulletin 127, 157 p., 6 pls., scale 1:500,000.

#4508 Sullivan, J.T., Nelson, A.R., LaForge, R.C., Wood, C.K., and Hansen, R.A., 1988, Central Utah regional seismotectonic study for USBR dams in the Wasatch Mountains: Bureau of Reclamation Seismotectonic Report 88-5, 269 p.