Assignment EQ Super Cycle
Guess the Length of the super cycle (time interval between the two successive M-9 earthquakes) assuming that the earthquake fully releases the stress associated with the Pacific plate subduction.
From the New model explaining the coexistence of frequent M-8 and infrequent M9 earthquakes we find that, to complete one Super cycle requires approximately 571 years because, from the past record, we know that, in 869 BC, 1611 BC? and in 2011 BC there are three successive large earthquakes occurred and completing three supercycles by releasing all strain of strong coupling.
According to this new model, when the Pacific plate subducts beneath the North American continental plate all strain is not released by small asperities but accumulated for a long time. Then by releasing the entire strain a large infrequent earthquake (M9) is occurred and completes a super cycle.
So, from the new model;
From the above conclusion we can guess the length of the super cycle is 571 years.
Guess the amount of coseismic slip associated with the usual M-8 earthquake, assuming that the seismic coupling coefficient is 0.8 and the recurrence time interval is 100 years.
We know, the coupling coefficient, x=D/vT0
Therefore D=640 cm=64 meter (ans).
X= coupling coefficient= 0.8=80%
V=motion of plate =8 cm/year
T0=Recurrence interval=100 years