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WHAT IS THE NATURE OF DEFORMATION AT PLATE BOUNDARIES AND WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS?

 

 
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Earthquakes 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 their impact.

  • To what extent can earthquakes be forecasted?
  • How do fault systems act and interact?
  • What are the mechanical properties of the crust and mantle?

 

 
     
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