Predecessors of the giant 1960 Chile earthquake

  title={Predecessors of the giant 1960 Chile earthquake},
  author={M. Cisternas and B. Atwater and F. Torrej{\'o}n and Y. Sawai and G. Machuca and M. Lagos and A. Eipert and C. Youlton and I. Salgado and T. Kamataki and M. Shishikura and C. Rajendran and J. Malik and Y. Rizal and M. Husni},
  • M. Cisternas, B. Atwater, +12 authors M. Husni
  • Published 2005
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • It is commonly thought that the longer the time since last earthquake, the larger the next earthquake's slip will be. But this logical predictor of earthquake size, unsuccessful for large earthquakes on a strike-slip fault, fails also with the giant 1960 Chile earthquake of magnitude 9.5 (ref. 3). Although the time since the preceding earthquake spanned 123 years (refs 4, 5), the estimated slip in 1960, which occurred on a fault between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates, equalled 250… CONTINUE READING
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