Earthquake interaction on the scale of a fault to the planet

Earthquake interaction on the scale of a fault to the planet

Ross Stein (PhD, 1980, Geology), Geophysicist at the USGS gave this interesting presentation a couple of days ago at the Stanford University. He explains the fundamentals of earthquake science and takes listeners to one of its frontiers.

His research focuses on how earthquakes interact through the transfer of stress. Examples include aftershocks, the progression of mainshocks along a fault, earthquake clustering, and seismic quiescence.

In his own words: "My collaborators and I are interested in how one earthquake promotes shocks at some sites and inhibits them in others. This work is driven by an attempt to understand the physics of earthquakes, and to develop better ways to make seismic hazard assessments and forecasts."

Featured image and video courtesy of: Stanford University

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