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Depth min and max

The depth range that includes the location of the causative (i.e. seismogenic) fault of an earthquake – either a particular one or an expected/forecasted one – within the crust (or below depending on cases).

Depending on the fault’s geometry and characteristics within the host rock volume the maximum depth (i.e. the bottom) can range from a few km to a few dozens km; the minimum depth (i.e. the top) can range from 0 (i.e. it ruptures the ground-surface) to a few km.

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