Santa Barbara Gazette, January 22, 1857:
"A large rent in the earth was traced by Mr. Warner a distance of eight leagues [about 40 km]. When on the high ground by Elizabeth Lake it could still be discerned running in an easterly direction towards the Colorado river. This rent was in some places five to 10 yards wide, the earth at times filling it up like ploughed furrows; at others the ground stood apart, leaving a deep fissure.
Its course was in a straight direction, across valleys, through lakes and over hills, without regard to inequality or condition of surface. On either side, the ground had been more or less disturbed for a long distance."