Material contrast does not predict earthquake rupture propagation direction

Geophysical Research Letters
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Earthquakes often occur on faults that juxtapose different rocks. The result is rupture behavior that differs from that of an earthquake occurring on a fault in a homogeneous material. Previous 2D numerical simulations have studied simple cases of earthquake rupture propagation where there is a material contrast across a fault and have come to two different conclusions: 1) earthquake rupture propagation direction can be predicted from the material contrast, and 2) earthquake rupture propagation direction cannot be predicted from the material contrast. In this paper we provide observational evidence from 70 years of earthquakes at Parkfield, CA, and new 3D numerical simulations. Both the observations and the numerical simulations demonstrate that earthquake rupture propagation direction is unlikely to be predictable on the basis of a material contrast. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Material contrast does not predict earthquake rupture propagation direction
Series title Geophysical Research Letters
DOI 10.1029/2005GL023941
Volume 32
Issue 23
Year Published 2005
Language English
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Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Geophysical Research Letters
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