In her comment (Hardebeck, 2015) on our stress heterogeneity article (Smith and Heaton, 2011), Hardebeck suggests a different focal‐mechanism error distribution than what we used in our 2011 article and suggests that this new error distribution will reduce our estimates of stress heterogeneity. In response to this, we have rerun our calculations three ways: (1) with the original mechanism error distribution from Smith and Heaton (2011), (2) with a mechanism error distribution similar to the one presented by Hardebeck (2015), and (3) with a mechanism error distribution derived from repeating earthquake statistics. We find...

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