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Scientists calculate friction of Japan's 9.0 earthquake in 2011

December 5, 2013

earth and environment graphic An international team of scientists that installed a borehole temperature observatory following the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake in Japan has been able to measure the "frictional heat" generated during the rupture of the fault--an amount the researchers say was smaller than expected, which means the fault is more slippery than previously thought. Full Story

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