News & AnalysisFALL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION

Buildup to Quakes Spied in Both Model And Real World

Science  21 Dec 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6114, pp. 1523
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6114.1523-a

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At the meeting, seismologists may have taken one small step toward knowing how earthquakes work. Researchers reported seeing slow slip events transfer stress in a fault model. In hundreds of thousands of simulations, the model matched the observations well.