A new origin story for deadly Seattle fault

The Seattle fault zone is a network of shallow faults slicing through the lowlands of Puget Sound, threatening to create damaging earthquakes for the more than four million people who live there.

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.

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