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Fig. 6 | Earth, Planets and Space

Fig. 6

From: Fully dynamic earthquake sequence simulation of a fault in a viscoelastic medium using a spectral boundary integral equation method: does interseismic stress relaxation promote aseismic transients?

Fig. 6

Phase diagram of the fault behavior and \(V_{\text{max} }\) as a function of \(t_{c} /t_{\text{load}}\) and \(R_{c}^{\text{EL}} /R\). EQ earthquakes, AT aseismic transients, SS steady slip, ST stuck. The boundaries of these behaviors are indicated by black lines. The initial slip rate in the rate-weakening patch is \(V_{\text{ini}} = 0.999V_{\text{pl}}\). The yellow dashed line represents the critical relaxation time \(\widetilde{t}_{\text{cr}}\) estimated from the divergence of \(t_{\text{rec}}\) (Fig. 5). The orange dotted line indicates a theoretical boundary between SS and AT derived via a linear stability analysis described in “Linear stability analysis of a spring–slider–dashpot model” section. Elastic cases (\(t_{c} = \infty\)) are shown in a right thin panel

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