Brawley Seismic Zone Simulations

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Brawley Seismic Zone Simulations


As part of SCEC's computational geophysics research activities, Christos Kyriakopoulos, at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), ran Dynamic Rupture simulations for the Brawley Seismic Zone (BSZ) Region in southern California that combine numerical models with a broad spectrum of geophysical information, such us tectonic deformation maps measured by Global Positioning System (GPS) and Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR), seismic tomography, and other geological data. Links to presentations, videos, and below.

Simulation Reference

Kyriakopoulos, C., Oglesby, D. D., Rockwell, T. K., Meltzner, A. J., Barall, M., Fletcher, J. M., & Tulanowski, D. ( 2019). Dynamic rupture scenarios in the Brawley Seismic Zone, Salton Trough, southern California. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124.

For more videos:

Press Coverage

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Figure caption

Map (left panels) and 3D (right panels) view of supercomputer earthquake simulations in the Brawley Seismic Zone, CA. The figure shows how different stress conditions affect rupture propagation across the complex network of faults. The top panels show a high-stress case scenario (leading to very fast rupture propagation, higher than the S wave speed) while the bottom panels show a medium stress case simulation.

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