Earthquake scaling laws for creeping and non-creeping faults

Falk Amelung, Geoffrey King

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The dependence of the summed moment release on the fault dimension differs between non-creeping faults and creeping faults or volcanic regions. This can be attributed to different earthquake scaling laws. The number N of events with fault length L scales for non-creeping faults as N(L)~L-2 and for creeping faults as N(L)∼L-3 This difference offers a means for mapping the distribution of creep in the seismogenic crust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-510
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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