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,…
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.
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.