The Hikurangi subduction zone extends along the eastern North Island of New Zealand southward into the northern portion of the South Island. It has drawn considerable recent attention due to the potential for large and/or tsunamigenic earthquakes, and both shallow and deep slow slip events (SSEs), as discussed in the next section. With such a wide range of seismic and aseismic behavior, the Hikurangi margin is an ideal natural laboratory for testing various types of subduction zone models. Furthermore, the possibility of a devastating megathrust earthquake also requires the development of models to evaluate the potential damage caused by such...

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