Epicentral locations of non-volcanic tremors (NVT) in the Mexican subduction zone are determined from the peak of the energy spatial distribution and examined over time. NVT is found to occur persistently at a distance of similar to 215 km from the trench, which we term the "Sweet Spot" because this region probably has the proper conditions (i.e., temperature, pressure, and fluid content) for the NVT to occur with minimum shear slip. High-energy NVT episodes are also observed every few months, extending similar to 190 km to similar to 220 km from the trench with durations of a few weeks. During the 2006 slow slip event (SSE) the duration and the recurrence rate of the NVT episodes increased. Low-energy episodes were also observed, independent from the high-energy episodes, similar to 150 km to similar to 190 km from the trench during the 2006 SSE. Both the high and low energy episodes were made up of many individual NVT's that had a range of energy-release-rates. However, the highest energy-release-rates of the high-energy episodes were consistently double those of the low-energy episodes and the persistent activity at the Sweet Spot. We suggest that all of the high-energy episodes are evidence of small, short repeat interval SSE. Given this model, the increased recurrence rate of the high-energy NVT episodes during the 2006 long-term SSE implies that short-term SSE's also increase during the SSE and are therefore triggered by the SSE.
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