Generation of sintered fault rock and its implications for earthquake energetics and fault healing
Joint press release (in Japanese)
by Osaka University, Hokkaido University, and Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
After an earthquake, faults can recover strength through fault healing, but the mechanisms responsible are not well understood. Seismic slip may induce sintering, a bonding process between solid particles in contact under high temperatures without melting, which could produce a fault rock with elevated strength and chemical stability. Here we present results from electron microscope analyses that show ……
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Hirono, T., Kaneki, S., Ishikawa, T., Kameda J., et al. Generation of sintered fault rock and its implications for earthquake energetics and fault healing. Commun Earth Environ 1, 3 (2020).