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Inelastic earthquake damage

Permanent surface deformation caused by the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes has been directly measured, constraining the mechanics of surface damage in earthquakes.

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Fig. 1: A surface rupture from the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes.

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Acknowledgements

The work was partly supported by Guangdong Province Introduced Innovative R&D Team of Geological Processes and Natural Disasters around the South China Sea (2016ZT06N331) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (19lgpy61).

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Feng, W., Almeida, R.V. Inelastic earthquake damage. Nat. Geosci. 13, 661–662 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-020-0642-x

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