Michael R. Brudzinski

Learn More
The two largest earthquakes of the past 40 years ruptured a 1600-kilometer-long portion of the fault boundary between the Indo-Australian and southeastern Eurasian plates on 26 December 2004 [seismic moment magnitude (Mw) = 9.1 to 9.3] and 28 March 2005 (Mw = 8.6). The first event generated a tsunami that caused more than 283,000 deaths. Fault slip of up to(More)
Great earthquakes have repeatedly occurred on the plate interface in a few shallow-dipping subduction zones where the subducting and overriding plates are strongly locked. Silent earthquakes (or slow slip events) were recently discovered at the down-dip extension of the locked zone and interact with the earthquake cycle. Here, we show that locally observed(More)
a r t i c l e i n f o Keywords: Cascadia subduction Mendocino Triple Junction Gorda-Juan de Fuca plate slab edge shear wave splitting Mantle flow associated with the Cascadia subduction zone and the Mendocino Triple Junction is poorly characterized due to a lack of shear wave splitting studies compared to other subduction zones. To fill this gap data was(More)
Strong evidence exists that water is carried from the surface into the upper mantle by hydrous minerals in the uppermost 10-12 km of subducting lithosphere, and more water may be added as the lithosphere bends and goes downwards. Significant amounts of that water are released as the lithosphere heats up, triggering earthquakes and fluxing arc volcanism. In(More)
[1] Episodic tremor and slip (ETS) events in subduction zones occur in the general vicinity of the plate boundary, downdip of the locked zone. In developing an understanding of the ETS phenomenon it is important to relate the spatial occurrence of nonvolcanic tremor to the principal structural elements within the subduction complex. In Cascadia, active and(More)
907 eology, October 2007; v. 35; no. 10; p. 907–910; doi: 10.1130/G23740A.1; 3 fi gures; Data Repository item 2007224. © 2007 Geological Society of America. For permission to copy, contact Copyright Permissions, GSA, or editing@geosociety.org. ABSTRACT The recent discovery of episodic tremor and slip (ETS) in subduction zones is based on slow slip episodes(More)
M. Brudzinski,1 E. Cabral-Cano,2 F. Correa-Mora,3 C. DeMets3 and B. Márquez-Azúa4 1Department of Geology, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH 45056, USA 2Instituto de Geofı́sica, U. N. A. M., Ciudad Universitaria, Delegacion Coyoacan, C. P. 04510, Mexico D. F. 3 Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1215 W Dayton St.,(More)
Double Benioff zones provide opportunities for insight into seismogenesis because the underlying mechanism must explain two layers of deep earthquakes and the separation between them. We characterize layer separation inside subducting plates with a coordinate rotation to calculate the slab-normal distribution of earthquakes. Benchmark tests on(More)
We combine spatial variations of P- and S-wave speeds, 1000 fault plane solutions, and 6600 well-determined hypocenters to investigate the nature of subducted lithosphere and deep earthquakes beneath the Tonga back-arc. We show that perplexing patterns in seismicity and fault plane solutions can be accounted for by the juxtaposition of a steep-dipping(More)
In most cases authors are permitted to post their version of the article (e.g. in Word or Tex form) to their personal website or institutional repository. Authors requiring further information regarding Elsevier's archiving and manuscript policies are encouraged to visit: a b s t r a c t a r t i c l e i n f o While the surface of Tibet is undergoing(More)