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Type: Journal article
Title: Indonesian earthquake: Earthquake risk from co-seismic stress
Author: McCloskey, J.
Nalbant, S.
Steacy, S.
Citation: Nature, 2005; 434(7031):291
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0028-0836
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John McCloskey, Suleyman S.Nalbant, Sandy Steacy
Abstract: Following the massive loss of life caused by the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake in Indonesia and its tsunami, the possibility of a triggered earthquake on the contiguous Sunda trench subduction zone is a real concern. We have calculated the distributions of co-seismic stress on this zone, as well as on the neighbouring, vertical strike-slip Sumatra fault, and find an increase in stress on both structures that significantly boosts the already considerable earthquake hazard posed by them. In particular, the increased potential for a large subduction-zone event in this region, with the concomitant risk of another tsunami, makes the need for a tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean all the more urgent.
Keywords: Humans; Risk Assessment; Water Movements; Disasters; Disaster Planning; Indian Ocean; Time Factors; Indonesia
Rights: ©2005 Nature Publishing Group
RMID: 0030018966
DOI: 10.1038/434291a
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