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Migratory earthquake precursors are dominant on an ice stream fault


Barcheck, G and Brodsky, EE and Fulton, PM and King, MA and Siegfried, MR and Tulaczyk, S, Migratory earthquake precursors are dominant on an ice stream fault, Science Advances, 7, (6) Article eabd0105. ISSN 2375-2548 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1126/sciadv.abd0105


Simple fault models predict earthquake nucleation near the eventual hypocenter (self-nucleation). However, some earthquakes have migratory foreshocks and possibly slow slip that travel large distances toward the eventual mainshock hypocenter (migratory nucleation). Scarce observations of migratory nucleation may result from real differences between faults or merely observational limitations. We use Global Positioning System and passive seismic records of the easily observed daily ice stream earthquake cycle of the Whillans Ice Plain, West Antarctica, to quantify the prevalence of migratory versus self-nucleation in a large-scale, natural stick-slip system. We find abundant and predominantly migratory precursory slip, whereas self-nucleation is nearly absent. This demonstration that migratory nucleation exists on a natural fault implies that more-observable migratory precursors may also occur before some earthquakes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geophysics
Research Field:Geodesy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:King, MA (Professor Matt King)
ID Code:142709
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2021-02-09
Last Modified:2021-09-14
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