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Mega-earthquakes rupture flat megathrusts

Check out this new study in Science by our own Quentin Bletery, Amanda Thomas, Alan Rempel, and Leif Karlstrom, as well as Anthony Sladen and Louis De Barros:

Mega-earthquakes rupture flat megathrusts

Megathrust faults in subduction zones cause large and damaging earthquakes. Bletery et al. argue that certain geometric features of the subduction zones relate to earthquake size. The key parameter is the curvature of the megathrust. Larger earthquakes occur where the subducting slab is flatter, providing a rough metric for estimating where mega-earthquakes may occur in the future.



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