Fault creep, earthquakes, and strain release in California
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
©1969. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 50, Issue 5, pages 384–385, May 1969
How to Cite
1969), Fault creep, earthquakes, and strain release in California, Eos Trans. AGU, 50(5), 384–385, doi:10.1029/EO050i005p00384-03.(
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Cited By
Recent data from the San Andreas fault show that episodes of rapid creep may either precede or follow the occurrence of local earthquakes. Both fault creep and earthquakes are processes that act to relieve tectonic stress. The factors that determine which process will be effective at a particular time and place depend in detail on the properties of the fault surface. These properties may include the coefficient of friction, the geometry, and the fluid pore pressure. Examples of both types of stress release can be seen on the San Andreas fault.