Parkfield is considered “The Earthquake Capital of the World”. Since 1985, the United States Geological Survey has been working on a project known as “The Parkfield Experiment”, a long-term research project on the San Andreas fault. “The experiment’s purpose is to better understand the physics of earthquakes – what actually happens on the fault and in the surrounding region before, during and after an earthquake.”
Don’t let the earthquakes scare you away from visiting this beautiful town, not a single person has ever been injured from a Parkfield quake. As the sign at the Parkfield Cafe reads, “Eat Here When It Happens,” the same goes for the Parkfield Inn, “Sleep Here When It Happens.” The cafe and lodge are open seven days a week Check out Parkfield.com for more information.