On 3 November 2002, a Mw 7.9 earthquake, the largest continental strike-slip earthquake in North America since the 1857 Fort Tejon, California, event, occurred in central Alaska. The earthquake began with reverse faulting on a ∼40-km extent of the previously unknown Susitna Glacier fault, but rupture transferred eastward to the right-lateral Denali fault and continued for over 200 km, finally transferring to rupture ∼70 km of the Totschunda fault. This large, complex event we term the Denali fault earthquake (dfe), after the major crustal fault that carried most of the displacement. The initiation of the rupture, the...

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