Subducting slab ultra-slow velocity layer coincident with silent earthquakes in southern Mexico.

@article{Song2009SubductingSU,
  title={Subducting slab ultra-slow velocity layer coincident with silent earthquakes in southern Mexico.},
  author={Teh-Ru Alex Song and Donald V. Helmberger and Michael R. Brudzinski and Robert W. Clayton and Paul Davis and Xyoli P{\'e}rez-Campos and Shri Krishna Singh},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={324 5926},
  pages={502-6}
}
Great earthquakes have repeatedly occurred on the plate interface in a few shallow-dipping subduction zones where the subducting and overriding plates are strongly locked. Silent earthquakes (or slow slip events) were recently discovered at the down-dip extension of the locked zone and interact with the earthquake cycle. Here, we show that locally observed converted SP arrivals and teleseismic underside reflections that sample the top of the subducting plate in southern Mexico reveal that the… CONTINUE READING

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