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Perez-Silva, Andrea; Li, Duo; Gabriel, Alice-Agnes and Kaneko, Yoshihiro (2021): 3D Modeling of Long-Term Slow Slip Events Along the Flat-Slab Segment in the Guerrero Seismic Gap, Mexico. In: Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 48, No. 13, e2021GL092968

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During the last two decades, quasi-periodic long-term slow slip events (SSEs) of magnitude up to M(w)7.5 have been observed about every 4 years in the Guerrero Seismic Gap, Mexico. We present numerical simulations of the long-term SSE cycles along the 3D slab geometry of central Mexico. Our model accounts for the hydrated oceanic crust in the framework of rate-and-state friction and captures the major source characteristics of the long-term SSEs occurring between 2001 and 2014, as inferred from geodetic observations. Synthetic surface deformation calculated from simulated fault slip is in good agreement with the cumulative GPS displacements. Our results suggest that the flat-slab segment of the Cocos plate aids the large magnitudes and long recurrence interval of the long-term SSEs. We conclude that 3D slab geometry is an important factor in improving our understanding of the physics of slow slip events.

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