Complex characteristics of slow slip events in subduction zones reproduced in multi-cycle simulations

Harmony V. Colella, James H. Dieterich, Keith Richards-Dinger, Allan Mattathias Rubin

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Abstract

Since the discovery of slow slip events along subduction zone interfaces worldwide, dense geodetic and seismic networks have illuminated detailed characteristics of these events and associated tremor. High-resolution observations of tremor, where the spatial-temporal evolution is presumed to reflect that of the underlying slow slip events, show highly complex patterns in which the origins remain poorly understood. We present a new, computationally efficient modeling technique that reproduces many features of observed slow slip events, including slow initiation, coalescence of separate events, and rapid back-propagation of renewed slip over previously slipped regions. Rapid back propagation speeds are explained as a consequence of rateand state-dependent frictional healing, consistent with analytical solutions developed in support of the simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL20312
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume39
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 28 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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