Great Himalayan earthquakes and the Tibetan plateau

  title={Great Himalayan earthquakes and the Tibetan plateau},
  author={Nicole Feldl and Roger G. Bilham},
It has been assumed that Himalayan earthquakes are driven by the release of compressional strain accumulating close to the Greater Himalaya. However, elastic models of the Indo–Asian collision using recently imaged subsurface interface geometries suggest that a substantial fraction of the southernmost 500 kilometres of the Tibetan plateau participates in driving great ruptures. We show here that this Tibetan reservoir of elastic strain energy is drained in proportion to Himalayan rupture length… CONTINUE READING
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