Slab2, a comprehensive subduction zone geometry model

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Subduction zones are home to the most seismically active faults on the planet. The shallow megathrust interfaces of subduction zones host our largest earthquakes and are likely the only faults capable of magnitude 9+ ruptures. Despite these facts, our knowledge of subduction zone geometry—which likely plays a key role in determining the spatial extent and ultimately the size of subduction zone earthquakes—is incomplete. We calculated the three-dimensional geometries of all seismically active global subduction zones. The resulting model, called Slab2, provides a uniform geometrical analysis of all currently subducting slabs.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Slab2, a comprehensive subduction zone geometry model
Series title Science
DOI 10.1126/science.aat4723
Volume 362
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher AAAS
Contributing office(s) Geologic Hazards Science Center
Description eaat4723; 4 p.
First page 58
Last page 61
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