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J.N. Murdock' comments regarding our International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) proposal to penetrate the seismogenic zone in Costa Rica seem to state the following? The plate interface along the Deep Sea Drilling Program (DSDP) drilling transect off Guatemala must be a blind thrust fault; plate convergence may be only 2–3 km in the past 1 m.y.; and our proposed drilling fails to address the most important current scientific issues.