Spatiotemporal clustering of great earthquakes on a transform fault controlled by geometry

  title={Spatiotemporal clustering of great earthquakes on a transform fault controlled by geometry},
  author={Jamie D. Howarth and Nicolas C. Barth and Sean J. Fitzsimons and Keith Richards-Dinger and Kate Clark and Glenn P. Biasi and Ursula Alyson Cochran and Robert M. Langridge and Kelvin R. Berryman and Rupert Sutherland},
  journal={Nature Geoscience},
  pages={314 - 320}
Minor changes in geometry along the length of mature strike-slip faults may act as conditional barriers to earthquake rupture, terminating some and allowing others to pass. This hypothesis remains largely untested because palaeoearthquake data that constrain spatial and temporal patterns of fault rupture are generally imprecise. Here we develop palaeoearthquake event data that encompass the last 20 major-to-great earthquakes along approximately 320 km of the Alpine Fault in New Zealand with… 
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