Washington, December 5 (ANI): In a new study, scientists have cited a lower rate of earthquakes along some subduction zones.
The study, carried out by scientist Peter Bird and colleagues, tried to find out that as the relative speed of the plates around a fault increases, is there a corresponding increase in the number of earthquakes produced along the fault. ccording to the study, the answer depends upon the type of tectonic boundary.
On certain types of boundary, the efficiency of earthquake production actually depends on the fault slip rate.
Seismic hazard assessments consider many factors, including relative plate velocity.
It is important to understand whether there is a linear relationship between relative plate velocity along a fault and the production of earthquakes in order to estimate risk to populations and manmade structures from seismic activity.
Peter Bird and his team examined whether relative plate velocity is proportional to the number of earthquakes produced along a fault and found that earthquake productivity stays consistent along continental transform faults and continental normal faults, but decreases with increasing spreading rate along ocean spreading ridges.
This study identified a lower efficiency of earthquake production along slower moving subduction zones.
The exact reason for a slower rate is not fully understood and is a matter of conjecture, including factors such as water pressure and viscosity of sediments. (ANI)