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Supercomputing dynamic earthquake rupture models

In general, Kyriakopoulos said that these types of models are very useful to investigate big earthquakes of the past, and perhaps more importantly, possible earthquake scenarios of the future. First is a finite element mesh that implements the complex network of faults in the Brawley seismic zone. 2009) that allows us to simulate the evolution of earthquake ruptures, seismic waves, and ground motion with time,” Kyriakopoulos said. The model is based on a postulated network of faults in the Salton Sea area, southern California. Some of the results from this research point to the possibility of a multi-fault earthquake in Southern California, which could have dire consequences.

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