The 10 June 2012 Fethiye M-w 6.0 aftershock sequence and its relation to the 24-25 April 1957 M-s 6.9-7.1 earthquakes in SW Anatolia, Turkey

Gorgun E., Zang A., Kalafat D., Kekovali K.

JOURNAL OF ASIAN EARTH SCIENCES, vol.93, pp.102-112, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The 10 June 2012 M-w, 6.0 aftershock sequence in southwestern Anatolia is examined. Centroid moment tensors for 23 earthquakes with moment magnitudes (M-w) between 3.7 and 6.0 are determined by applying a waveform inversion method. The mainshock is a shallow focus strike-slip with reverse component event at a depth of 30 km. The seismic moment (M-0) of the mainshock is estimated as 1.28 x 10(18) Nm and rupture duration of the Fethiye mainshock is 38 s. The focal mechanisms of the aftershocks are mainly strike-slip faulting with a reverse component. The geometry of the focal mechanisms reveals a strike-slip faulting regime with NE-SW trending direction of T-axis in the entire activated region. A stress tensor inversion of focal mechanism data is performed to obtain a more accurate picture of the Fethiye earthquake stress field. The stress tensor inversion results indicate a predominant strike-slip stress regime with a NW-SE oriented maximum horizontal compressive stress (S-H). According to variance of the stress tensor inversion, to first order, the Fethiye earthquake area is characterized by a homogeneous interplate stress field. The Coulomb stress change associated with the mainshock and the largest aftershock are also investigated to evaluate any significant enhancement of stresses along the Gulf of Fethiye and surrounding region. Positive lobes with stress more than 0.4 bars are obtained, indicating that these values are large enough to increase the Coulomb stress failure towards NNW-SSE and E-W directions. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.