Source Parameters for Stick-Slip and for Earthquakes

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Science  19 Jan 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4070, pp. 278-280
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4070.278


Source parameters of stick-slip friction events measured in the laboratory show particle and rupture propagation velocities which are similar to those observed for earthquakes and inferred from seismic source theory. This dynamic similarity strongly supports the idea that stick-slip is the mechanism for shallow earthquakes.