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New from Geology: Fossils, earthquakes, gold, and sea-bed landslides
Date:3/18/2014

surface ruptures in the dense rainforest of New Zealand's Plate Boundary Alpine Fault. They found evidence for repeated 7-m increments of dextral slip during each of the last three Alpine Fault earthquakes. By comparing these slip increments with the slip-rate and their newly compiled approximately one-thousand-year Alpine Fault paleoseismic and offset records, the authors provide evidence for at least two modes of plate boundary fault behavior. One mode, where the fault has full ruptures, that is long surface ruptures greater than 300 km, and large to great earthquakes, and a second mode with partial ruptures that are perhaps width-limited (and smaller magnitude but still damaging earthquakes). These combined data suggest that plate boundary faults may not behave as characteristically as previous models suggest and indicates a higher frequency of Alpine Fault earthquakes while also expressing caution about attributing off-fault "shaking" paleoseismic data to any specific fault in a plate boundary setting.


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Contact: Kea Giles
kgiles@geosociety.org
Geological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

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