Congratulations to Marlon Ramos who defended his dissertation on Friday, February 26th

Advisor: Yihe Huang

Abstract:

Large earthquakes can release decades to centuries of accumulated strain in a matter of seconds to minutes. To assess the hazard these events pose to society, physics-based computer simulations can be constructed to see how ruptures evolve in time and space. I will discuss two computational studies from my dissertation that focus on the Cascadia fault which lies offshore of the United States Pacific Northwest. I explore how stress and friction conditions along the depth or length of the fault influence the earthquake size, rupture speed or ground deformation. The major contribution of this work is to show how large earthquakes may behave in Cascadia through observation-driven modelling