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New Explanation for Slow Earthquakes On San Andreas

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avatar New Explanation for Slow Earthquakes On San Andreas
June 03, 2013 08:41PM
These so-called "slow slip events" are common at subduction zone faults -- where an oceanic plate meets a continental plate and dives beneath it. They also occur on continents along strike-slip faults like California's San Andreas, where two plates move horizontally in opposite directions. Occurring close to the surface, in the upper 3-5 kilometers (km) of the fault, this slow, silent movement is referred to as "creep events."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130603142313.htm
avatar Re: New Explanation for Slow Earthquakes On San Andreas
June 03, 2013 09:21PM
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Occurring close to the surface, in the upper 3-5 kilometers (km) of the fault, this slow, silent movement is referred to as "creep events."


Creepy! wink

Little bit puzzled by the accompanying map where it shows the Hayward Fault as a Type A: Continuous Creep zone. I thought the Hayward Fault was pretty much locked up. Hence the predication of a soon to very soon 6.5 earthquake occurring along that fault line.
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