Related topics: earthquake

Rougher faults may generate more earthquake aftershocks

When an earthquake hits, it is rarely an isolated event. Foreshocks precede quakes, and aftershocks follow them. To quantify seismic hazards, scientists must disentangle the factors that contribute to these shaking sequences.

A new measure of roughness could advance earthquake geophysics

When two rocks interact with each other in a fault zone, the roughness of their surfaces could influence the outcome, including when they cause earthquakes. Still, the underlying mechanics of this relationship remain unclear.

Research explains strength of earthquake shaking in Nenana Basin

Earthquakes in the Nenana Basin region of Interior Alaska last longer and feel much stronger than a quake of comparable magnitude would in a non-basin region, due to the behavior of the seismic waves once they reach the area.

How land deformation occurs when fault sections creep

Strike-slip faults can be fickle about their movement—they can move slow and steady or remain stationary until their built-up stress is let loose in one go. But how do these faults' movements change from a locked and sudden ...

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