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Earthquake stress triggers, stress shadows, and seismic hazard

January 1, 2000

Many aspects of earthquake mechanics remain an enigma at the beginning of the twenty-first century. One potential bright spot is the realization that simple calculations of stress changes may explain some earthquake interactions, just as previous and ongoing studies of stress changes have begun to explain human- induced seismicity. This paper, which is an update of Harris1, reviews many published works and presents a compilation of quantitative earthquake-interaction studies from a stress change perspective. This synthesis supplies some clues about certain aspects of earthquake mechanics. It also demonstrates that much work remains to be done before we have a complete story of how earthquakes work.

Publication Year 2000
Title Earthquake stress triggers, stress shadows, and seismic hazard
Authors R. A. Harris
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Current Science
Index ID 70022355
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse