Tilt and Seismicity Changes in the Shumagin Seismic Gap

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Science  21 Oct 1983:
Vol. 222, Issue 4621, pp. 322-325
DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4621.322


Changes in the ground surface tilt and in the rate of seismicity indicate that an aseismic deformation event may have occurred between 1978 and 1980 along the plate boundary in the eastern Aleutians, Alaska, within the Shumagin seismic gap. Pavlof Volcano was unusually quiescent during this period. The proposed event would cause an increase of stress on the shallow locked portion of the plate boundary, bringing it closer to rupture in a great earthquake.

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