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Faulting characteristics of supershear earthquakes

Abstract:

Recent observations of large continental strike-slip earthquakes show that different fault segments may rupture at different speeds and that rupture may propagate faster than the shear wave velocity of surrounding rocks. We report that all the documented occurrences of supershear rupture are associated with faults which have simple geometry. The surface trace of these faults is described in the field or seen on satellite images as remarkably linear, continuous and narrow. Segmentation feature...

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10.1016/j.tecto.2010.06.011

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Bouchon, M More by this author
Karabulut, H More by this author
Bouin, M-P More by this author
Schmittbuhl, J More by this author
Vallée, M More by this author
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Journal:
Tectonophysics
Volume:
493
Issue:
3-4
Pages:
244-253
Publication date:
2010-10-18
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ISSN:
0040-1951
URN:
uuid:faa52e92-9b4a-4bbe-9356-3cf0f17d316f
Source identifiers:
93388
Local pid:
pubs:93388

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