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Magnitude of shear stress on the san andreas fault: implications of a stress measurement profile at shallow depth



Magnitude of shear stress on the san andreas fault: implications of a stress measurement profile at shallow depth



Science 206(4417): 445-447



A profile of measurements of shear stress perpendicular to the San Andreas fault near Palmdale, California, shows a marked increase in stress with distance from the fault. The pattern suggests that shear stress on the fault increases slowly with depth and reaches a value on the order of the average stress released during earthquakes. This result has important implications for both long- and shortterm prediction of large earthquakes.

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PMID: 17809367

DOI: 10.1126/science.206.4417.445


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