are one of nature's most complex phenomena, threatening many of
the world's megalopolis. A great Pacific Rim earthquake near a major
economic area might cause damages well in excess of $1T, and tens
of thousands of casualties. Reaching a physics-based understanding
of earthquake systems behavior is required in order ultimately to
address the issue of their predictability, with the goal of mitigating
what extent can earthquakes be forecasted?
do fault systems act and interact?
are the mechanical properties of the crust and mantle?