New model reveals previously unrecognized complexity of oceanic earthquake zones

Researchers constructed a state-of-the-art model based on seismic data from the January 2020 Caribbean earthquake. The model revealed considerable complexity in rupture speed and direction, related to a bend in the fault that triggered several rupture episodes. The analysis revealed previously unrecognized complexity of rupture processes and fault geometry in ocean faults that had been assumed to be simple and linear, with implications for future earthquake modeling and a possible interaction with seafloor evolution.

Title: New model reveals previously unrecognized complexity of oceanic earthquake zones
Sourced From: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201221121754.htm
Published Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2020 12:17:54 EST

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