Figure (IMAGE) University of Tsukuba Caption Snapshots of the slip evolution in a map view. Color contours show the slip rate. Traces of surface ruptures are shown as red lines. The time when each snapshot was taken is denoted at the upper left of each panel. The figure shows that the rupture front propagated from the epicenter (star) toward the south. Stagnation of the slipping patch can be seen at Bend 1 at 6 s, followed by advancement through Bend 2 at 27 s. The transient deceleration and acceleration of the rupture is illustrated as inchworm locomotion. Credit University of Tsukuba Usage Restrictions Unauthorized use is prohibited License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.