Prieto, G. A.
Yu, C. Q.
Mikesell, T. D.
Total Authors: 9
 MIT, Earth Atmospher & Planetary Sci, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 - USA
 Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Astron Geofis & Ciencias Atmosfer, BR-05508 Sao Paulo - Brazil
 Boise State Univ, Ctr Geophys Invest Shallow Subsurface, Dept Geosci, Boise, ID 83725 - USA
 Serv Geol Colombiano, Bogota - Colombia
Total Affiliations: 4
Geophysical Journal International;
MAY 1 2016.
Web of Science Citations:
We use seismic waves for a magnitude 6.3 intermediate-depth (160 km) earthquake in the Bucaramanga Nest, Colombia, to infer a complex rupture process with two distinct stages, characterized by different rupture velocities possibly controlled by the evolution of strength on the fault. Our integrated data processing permitted to precisely characterize the multistage rupture and the presence of a strong weakening event. The resulting seismic radiation is interpreted as resulting from an extreme weakening due to a cascading thermal shear runaway, with an initial inefficient radiation process followed by a fast and dynamic efficient rupture. Our results imply dynamic complexity of the seismic rupture deep inside the Earth, and may help to give some new insights about the physical mechanism of intermediate-depth earthquakes. (AU)