Multicycle slip distribution along a laboratory fault

Journal of Geophysical Research


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Slip distribution along a laboratory fault, which consists of eight spring-connected blocks that are elastically driven to slide on a frictional surface, has been examined for a "long' sequence of slip events to test the applicability of some conceptual models. The distributions of large slip events are found to be quite variable and do not fit the uniform slip or characteristic earthquake models. The rupture initiation points are usually not near the corresponding maximum slip points, in contrast to observations by Thatcher (1990) and by Fukao and Kikuchi (1987) that earthquake hypocenters are commonly near corresponding regions of maximum slip in the fault planes. The results suggest that earthquake prediction monitoring efforts should not be limited to a small region near an asperity but should be spread out to cover the entire fault segment in a seismic gap in order to detect the condition of simultaneous strain buildup. -from Author

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Multicycle slip distribution along a laboratory fault
Series title Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume 96
Issue B9
Year Published 1991
Language English
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Larger Work Title Journal of Geophysical Research
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