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Predicting earthquakes along the major plate tectonic boundaries in the Pacific

January 1, 1978

In an article in the last issue of the Earthquake Information Bulletin ("Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics," by Henry Spall), we saw how 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur at the margins of the Earth's major crustal plates. however, when we look at the distribution of earthquakes in detail, we see that a number of nearly aseismic regions, or seismic gaps, can be found along the present-day plate boundaries. Why is this? And can we regard these areas as being more likely to be the sites for future larger earthquakes than those segments of the plate boundaries that have ruptured recently. 

Citation Information

Publication Year 1978
Title Predicting earthquakes along the major plate tectonic boundaries in the Pacific
DOI
Authors H. Spall
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Series Number
Index ID 70168576
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization