What allows seismic events to grow big ? : Insights from b-value and fault roughness analysis in laboratory stick-slip experiments

Estimating the expected size of the largest earthquake on a given fault is complicated by dynamic rupture interactions in addition to geometric and stress heterogeneity. However, a statistical assessment of the potential of seismic events to grow to larger sizes may be possible based on variations in magnitude distributions. Such variations can be described… CONTINUE READING