Seismic gap may be filled by an earthquake near Istanbul

September 11, 2014 12:54 PM

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When a segment of a major fault line goes quiet, it can mean one of two things: The “seismic gap” may simply be inactive—the result of two tectonic plates placidly gliding past each other—or the segment may be a source of potential earthquakes, quietly building tension over decades until an inevitable seismic release.

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Turkey have found evidence for both types of behavior on different segments of the North Anatolian Fault—one of the most energetic earthquake zones in the world. The fault, similar in scale to California’s San Andreas Fault, stretches ...

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