[Hot Spring and Earthquake] Las Cruces Hot Springs

What is the relationship between hot springs and earthquakes?

You may easily imagine that in case of volcanic earthquakes, the magma heats the groundwater.

However, in case of earthquakes caused by a slip of a fault, do they have any relevance?

Summary

Santa Barbara

It is an hour and a half’s drive along a shoreline from Los Angeles to the resort area.

Santa Barbara

The beautiful streetscape looks like Andalucía is one of the reasons for many cottages of celebrities.

However, when tracing history back, you will find another respect.

This earthquake-prone region was heavily damaged in 1925, and the recovery policy made the unified landscape.

Bubbling

After enjoying the local specialty of Santa Barbra, sea urchins, you will have 30 minutes’ drive to get to Gaviota State Park.

Trailhead

Two dollars are required for the parking fee.

Only fifteen hiking will take you to the hot springs, but pay attention to this fork.

Crossroads

No signposts will tell you that the right direction is the mountain path on the right.

After a while, you will find two outdoor baths in different heights.

Two Pools

The spring water bubbling on the left flows off to the right, becoming cloudy due to the component change.

The water has the clear smell of hydrogen sulfide.

Too much deposits look muddy, so dip in the water near the gushing point.

The lukewarm water around 96 degrees F accompanies air bubbles.

Bubbling

The San Andreas Fault in the neighborhood forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate.

Around the high-pressured plates, a number of faults derives, which makes hollows in the bedrock.

It is considered the pathway of groundwater for gushing as hot springs water accompanying the geothermal heat and ingredients.

Some geologists says that water pinched in faults accumulates pressures, so that the release of pressure causes severe earthquakes.

The world of hot springs seems to be deep.

Upper Pool

Even though this pool is very shallow.

Summary

Pros

Clear sulfur smell and air bubbles

Cons

Muddy deposits

Las Cruces Hot Springs, Gaviota State Park, California, USA
Rating[3/5]
Walk-inYES
LodgingNO
Official WebsiteNO

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