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Delving into Faults and Earthquake Behavior

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Science  09 Jan 1987:
Vol. 235, Issue 4785, pp. 165-166
DOI: 10.1126/science.235.4785.165


Seismologists attending last month's meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco heard much about how the irregularities on faults control their behavior and thus the generation of earthquakes. The identification of small crucial areas of a fault, such as the strong spot where a rupture can begin or the fault jog where it can end, is proving a challenge, but it also offers one of the best hopes of understanding and predicting fault behavior.