Hazard in regions of distributed shortening

The 2011 October 23 MW 7.1 Van earthquake in eastern Turkey caused ∼600 deaths and caused widespread damage and economic loss. The seismogenic rupture was restricted to 10–25 km in depth, but aseismic surface creep, coincident with outcrop fault exposures, was observed in the hours to months after the earthquake. We combine observations from radar interferometry, seismology, geomorphology and Quaternary dating to investigate the geological slip rate and seismotectonic context of the Van earthquake, and assess the implications for continuing seismic hazard in the region.

Mackenzie, D., J. R. Elliott, E. Altunel, R. T. Walker, Y. C. Kurban, J. L. Schwenninger
& B. Parsons (2016 ), Seismotectonics and rupture process of the Mw 7.1 2011 Van reverse faulting earthquake, Eastern Turkey, and implications for hazard in regions of distributed shortening, Geophysical Journal International, 206, 501-524, doi:10.1093/gji/ggw158.

Elliott, J. R., A. C. Copley, R. Holley, K. Scharer & B. Parsons (2013), The 2011 Mw 7.1 Van (Eastern Turkey) Earthquake, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 16191637, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50117.

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