Global frequency of magnitude 9 earthquakes

  title={Global frequency of magnitude 9 earthquakes},
  author={R Mccaffrey},
For decades seismologists have sought causal relationships between maximum earthquake sizes and other properties of subduction zones, with the underlying notion that some subduction zones may never produce a magnitude ~9 or larger event. The 2004 Andaman Mw 9.2 earthquake called into question such ideas. Given multicentury return times of the greatest earthquakes, ignorance of those return times and our very limited observation span, I suggest that we cannot yet make such determinations… CONTINUE READING
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