Corals reveal that part of the plate-boundary fault near Sumatra slipped slowly and quietly for three decades before a large earthquake in 1861. The exceptional duration of this slip event has implications for interpreting deformation to assess seismic hazard.
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This work was partly supported by the Millennium Scientific Initiative (ICM) of the Chilean government through grant NC160025 “Millennium Nucleus CYCLO The Seismic Cycle Along Subduction Zones”, FONDECYT grants 1181479 and 1190258, the ANID PIA Anillo ACT192169. This is a contribution to International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) project 639.
The author declares no competing interests.
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Melnick, D. Unrushed megathrusts. Nat. Geosci. 14, 260–261 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00750-z