Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Research article
01 Apr 2022
Research article |  | 01 Apr 2022

Earthquake ruptures and topography of the Chilean margin controlled by plate interface deformation

Nadaya Cubas, Philippe Agard, and Roxane Tissandier


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on se-2021-148', Anonymous Referee #1, 13 Jan 2022
  • RC2: 'Review of manuscript se-2021-148', Anonymous Referee #2, 25 Jan 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Nadaya Cubas on behalf of the Authors (15 Feb 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (18 Feb 2022) by Stefano Tavani
ED: Publish as is (22 Feb 2022) by Federico Rossetti(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Earthquake extent prediction is limited by our poor understanding of slip deficit patterns. From a mechanical analysis applied along the Chilean margin, we show that earthquakes are bounded by extensive plate interface deformation. This deformation promotes stress build-up, leading to earthquake nucleation; earthquakes then propagate along smoothed fault planes and are stopped by heterogeneously distributed deformation. Slip deficit patterns reflect the spatial distribution of this deformation.