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SEISMOLOGY

Supershear tsunami disaster

A magnitude 7.5 strike-slip earthquake that struck Palu, Indonesia, in 2018 unexpectedly generated a devastating tsunami. Seismic data reveal that its rupture propagated fast, at supershear speed. Whether the two are connected remains to be seen.

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Mai, P.M. Supershear tsunami disaster. Nat. Geosci. 12, 150–151 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0308-8

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