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Tiny 'crystal cushion' drives big earthquakes

from Live Science

Earthquakes are some of the largest-scale and most-destructive events on the planet, involving plates of the Earth's crust hundreds of miles across. But new research shows that the physics of Lilliputians govern this shuddering of giants. Researchers found that both earthquakes that occur close to the surface and deeper tremors involve the same culprit: a lubricant made of nanometer-size crystals. more

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