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Researchers Gain Greater Insight Into Earthquake Cycles

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have developed the first computer model of an earthquake-producing fault segment that reproduces, in a single physical framework, the available observations of both the fault's seismic (fast) and aseismic (slow) behavior. Models like this one may allow geoscientists to forecast the range of potential earthquakes on a fault segment, which could be used to further assess seismic hazard and improve building designs.

Image credit: Sylvain Barbot / Caltech