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Given enough time, cold surface rock will yield to flowing water and buried rock will bend or even flow rather than break.
The planet's had ample time for all of this, even if it's out of our ken.
By definition, the hanging wall occurs above the fault plane and the footwall occurs below the fault.
Because of friction and the rigidity of rocks, they cannot glide or flow past each other easily, and occasionally all movement stops.
The two sides of a non-vertical fault are known as the hanging wall and footwall.
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Energy release associated with rapid movement on active faults is the cause of most earthquakes.
A fault plane is the plane that represents the fracture surface of a fault.