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Do faults shimmy before they shake?

Not only do plate boundary faults generate earthquakes, they also produce slow slip and non-volcanic tremor. New observations on these phenomena provide fresh insights into the conditions that dictate earthquake behaviour.

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Figure 1: Slip along the plate boundary fault of a subduction zone.

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Brudzinski, M. Do faults shimmy before they shake?. Nature Geosci 1, 295–296 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo196

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