Ground Surface Ruptures, Earthquake Processes, and Fault Complexity
Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
- Date & Time
- Yosemite Conference Room, Building 19, Moffett Field
- Belle Philibosian
Each large continental earthquake is a unique opportunity to get a privileged insight in earthquake mechanics. One way to go is to document in detail surface ruptures by combining remote sensing studies and field observations. As resolution increases, quantification of the deformation on- and off-fault enlarges our understanding of earthquake rupture processes. In addition, although the number of large continental earthquakes well documented remains small, in case of strike-slip events it becomes now possible to point to some generic pattern in surface rupture that can inform us on how continental strike-slip faults might be structured.