A mechanism for preseismic steady rupture fronts observed in laboratory experiments

Abstract

[1] It has been shown that the onset of frictional instability is characterized by a transition from stable, quasi‐static rupture growth to unstable, inertially‐controlled high‐speed rupture. In particular, slow rupture fronts propagating at a steady speed Vslow of the order of 5% of the S‐wave speed have been observed prior to the onset of dynamic rupture… (More)

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