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Slippery clay a factor in Japan’s Tohoku-Oki 2011 earthquake

John Kerr posted in on December 6th, 2013.

A thin layer of slippery clay was major contributor to the fault rupture that generated the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake and subsequent tsunami, according to new sea floor drilling research. A series of three studies, published today in Science, describe rock samples retrieved from the rupture zone. Their collective observations suggest that a critical reason for […]

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