Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Solid Earth, 10, 15–25, 2019
Solid Earth, 10, 15–25, 2019

Research article 08 Jan 2019

Research article | 08 Jan 2019

The impact of earthquake cycle variability on neotectonic and paleoseismic slip rate estimates

Richard Styron


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ED: Publish as is (07 Dec 2018) by Mark Allen
ED: Publish as is (07 Dec 2018) by Federico Rossetti(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Successive earthquakes on a single fault are not perfectly periodic in time. There is some natural random variability. This leads to variations in estimated fault slip rates over short timescales though the longer-term mean slip rate stays constant, which may cause problems when comparing slip rates at different timescales. This paper is the first to quantify these effects, demonstrating substantial variation in slip rates over a few to tens of earthquakes, but much less at longer timescales.