I am pleased to have been awarded a 5 year University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society. These Royal Society awards are for early career scientists and provide me the opportunity to build an independent research career and become a leading name of the future in his field. The title of my research fellowship is ‘The Rise…
Month: September 2016
Hazard in regions of distributed shortening
The 2011 October 23 MW 7.1 Van earthquake in eastern Turkey caused ∼600 deaths and caused widespread damage and economic loss. The seismogenic rupture was restricted to 10–25 km in depth, but aseismic surface creep, coincident with outcrop fault exposures, was observed in the hours to months after the earthquake. We combine observations from radar interferometry, seismology, geomorphology and…
Jumping Earthquakes: limits to rupture forecasting exposed by instantaneously triggered earthquake doublet
An important question in understanding the potential magnitude of earthquakes, and consequently the hazard certain faults may pose, is the distance over which earthquakes can jump during rupture. This is because a critical observation of earthquake scaling which holds true is that the longer a fault rupture, the larger the earthquake. In a bigger earthquake,…
Pinpointing the unbroken section of Nepal fault line and showing why Himalayas keep growing
In our study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, we show that a kink in the regional fault line below Nepal explains why the highest mountains in the Himalayas are seen to grow between earthquakes. This kink has created a ramp 20km below the surface, with material constantly being pushed up and raising the height of…
Earthquake Monitoring Gets Boost from a New Satellite
Europe’s Sentinel-1A spacecraft and its extraordinary images of slip from the South Napa earthquake herald a new era of space-based surveillance of faults.
Insights into seismic and aseismic shortening of the Zagros sedimentary cover
Our findings on the 2013 Khaki earthquake in Iran suggest lithology plays a
significant role in the depth extent of slip found in reverse faults in folded belts, providing an important
control on the potential size of earthquakes.