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Press Release 05-079

Analysis of the Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake Reveals Longest Fault Rupture Ever

Global seismic recording network made first-time measurements possible

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The December 2004 tsunami-producing earthquake sent reverberations around the world.

The shock heard 'round the world.' The December 2004 tsunami-producing earthquake sent reverberations around the world.

Credit: California Institute of Technology

 

The Global Seismic Network provides information on seismic activity around the world.

The Global Seismic Network provides earth scientists with information on seismic activity around the world.

Credit: IRIS


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Map shows earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 5.0 from 1965 to Dec. 25, 2004.

Regional map showing earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 5.0 from 1965 to Dec. 25, 2004. Locations of previous large earthquake ruptures along the Sunda-Andaman trench system are shown in pink. Green stars show the epicenters of the two recent great events; the green diamond shows the central location for the Dec. 26, 2004, event. The thick red arrows indicate relative tectonic plate motions between the Indo-Australian and Eurasian plates.

Credit: National Earthquake Information Center


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Looking towards the ocean from the bridge (Sumatra)

Looking towards the ocean from the bridge (Sumatra)

Credit: Jose C. Borrero, University of Southern California Tsunami Research Group


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Coral uplifted from underwater by the earthquake, on the western tip of Simeuleu Island

Uplifting of ground by the earthquake on the western tip of Simeuleu Island thrust coral from underwater.

Credit: Kerry Sieh, Tectonics Observatory, Caltech


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