Active thrust faulting offshore Boumerdes, Algeria, and its relations to the 2003 Mw 6.9 earthquake - art. no. L043111
|Author(s)||Deverchere Jacques, Yelles K, Domzig Anne, Mercier De Lepinay B, Bouillin J.P., Gaullier V, Bracene R, Calais E, Savoye Bruno, Kherroubi A, Le Roy P, Pauc H, Dan Gabriela|
|Affiliation(s)||Univ Bretagne Occidentale, IUEM, CNRS, UMR 6538, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
CRD, SONATRACH, Boumerdes 35000, Algeria.
Purdue Univ, Dept Earth & Atmospher Sci, W Lafayette, IN 47907 USA.
IFREMER, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
Univ Perpignan, LEGEM, F-66860 Perpignan, France.
Geosci Azur, CNRS, UMR 6526, F-06560 Valbonne, France.
Ctr Rech Astron Astrophys & Geophys, Bouzareah, Algeria.
SONATRACH, Ctr Rech & Dev, Bouzareah, Algeria.
UJF, LGCA, CNRS, UMR 5025, F-38041 Grenoble, France.
|Source||Geophysical Research Letters (0094-8276) (American Geophysical Union), 2005-02 , Vol. 32 , N. 4 , P. NIL_10-NIL_14|
|WOS© Times Cited||120|
|Keyword(s)||Continental margin, Sismicity, Tectonophysics|
|Abstract|| We investigate the active seismogenic fault system in the area of the 2003 Mw 6.9 Boumerdes earthquake, Algeria, from a high-resolution swath bathymetry and seismic survey. A series of 5 main fault-propagation folds similar to20-35 km long leave prominent cumulative escarpments on the steep slope and in the deep basin. Fault activity creates Plio-Quaternary growth strata within uplifted areas such as a rollover basin on the slope and piggyback basins in the deep ocean. Most thrusts turn to fault-propagation folds at the sub-surface and depict ramp-flat trajectories. We find that the two main slip patches of the 2003 Mw 6.9 Boumerdes earthquake are spatially correlated to two segmented cumulative scarps recognized on the slope and at the foot of the margin. The overall geometry indicates the predominance of back thrusts implying underthrusting of the Neogene oceanic crust.|