Journal article

Intermediate-Depth Earthquakes Controlled by Incoming Plate Hydration Along Bending-Related Faults

Yuval Boneh, Emily Schottenfels, Kevin Kwong, Iris van Zelst, Xinyue Tong, Melody Eimer, Meghan S Miller, Louis Moresi, Jessica M Warren, Douglas A Wiens, Magali Billen, John Naliboff, Zhongwen Zhan

Geophysical Research Letters | AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION | Published : 2019

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Frontiers of Earth Systems Dynamics (FESD) program of NSF

Funding Acknowledgements

This research project was initiated at the 2017 Cooperative Institute for Dynamic Earth Research (CIDER) summer program "Subduction Zone Dynamics" at the University of California, Berkeley. We wish to thank the other organizers B. Romanowicz, P. van Keken, E. Hauri, and C. Till. CIDER-II is funded as a "Synthesis Center" by the Frontiers of Earth Systems Dynamics (FESD) program of NSF under grant number EAR1135452. We also wish to thank Geoffrey Abers and an anonymous reviewer for constructive comments and gratefully acknowledge Yi Hu, Wang-Ping Chen, Samer Naif, and Hannah Rabinowitz for valuable discussions. Bathymetry profiles from GeoMapApp ( were used in this study and are included in the supporting information. A bathymetry profile from the Mariana trench (center) was collected by R/V Langseth cruise, MGL1204, and is available from NOAA at id= MGL1204. Seismic data for the Japan trench were collected by JAMSTEC (KR13-11). Seismicity data used to quantify the intermediate-depth seismicity rate were taken from the International Seismological Centre (ISC) Bulletin earthquake catalog (