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California Institute of Technology

Faulty Behavior

Caption: Numerical simulations illustrate that fault segments can move slowly and stably over long periods of time and later host large earthquakes. Dashed lines represent slow slip every 50 years along a cross-section of the fault, with the numbers indicating the simulated time in years. Earthquakes are shown by solid lines plotted every second. The area marked patch B can both slip slowly (e.g., dashed lines above the 4,500 year mark) and participate in large earthquakes (e.g., yellow event).

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