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Spatial variations in fault friction related to lithology from rupture and afterslip of the 2014 South Napa, California, earthquake

June 24, 2016

Following earthquakes, faults are often observed to continue slipping aseismically. It has been proposed that this afterslip occurs on parts of the fault with rate-strengthening friction that are stressed by the mainshock, but our understanding has been limited by a lack of immediate, high-resolution observations. Here we show that the behavior of afterslip following the 2014 South Napa earthquake varied over distances of only a few kilometers. This variability cannot be explained by coseismic stress changes alone. We present daily positions from continuous and survey GPS sites that we re-measured within 12 hours of the mainshock, and surface displacements from the new Sentinel-1 radar mission. This unique geodetic data set constrains the distribution and evolution of coseismic and postseismic fault slip with exceptional resolution in space and time. We suggest that the observed heterogeneity in behavior is caused by lithological controls on the frictional properties of the fault plane.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title Spatial variations in fault friction related to lithology from rupture and afterslip of the 2014 South Napa, California, earthquake
DOI 10.1002/2016GL069428
Authors Michael Floyd, Richard Walters, John Elliot, Gareth J. Funning, Jerry L. Svarc, Jessica R. Murray, Andy Hooper, Yngvar Larsen, Petar Marinkovic, Roland Bürgmann, Ingrid A. Johanson, Tim Wright
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geophysical Research Letters
Series Number
Index ID 70174043
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earthquake Science Center

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