Evidence of extensional and strike-slip deformation in the offshore Gokova-Kos area affected by the July 2017 Mw6.6 Bodrum-Kos earthquake, eastern Aegean Sea


Ocakoğlu Gökaşan N., Nomikou P., Iscan Y. , Loreto M. F. , Lampridou D.

GEO-MARINE LETTERS, cilt.38, ss.211-225, 2018 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 38 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s00367-017-0532-4
  • Dergi Adı: GEO-MARINE LETTERS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.211-225

Özet

The interpretation of new multichannel seismic profiles and previously published high-resolution swath and seismic reflection data from the Gokova Gulf and southeast of Kos Island in the eastern Aegean Sea revealed new morphotectonic features related to the July 20, 2017 Mw6.6 Bodrum-Kos earthquake offshore between Kos Island and the Bodrum Peninsula. The seafloor morphology in the northern part of the gulf is characterized by south-dipping E-W-oriented listric normal faults. These faults bend to a ENE-WSW direction towards Kos Island, and then extend parallel to the southern coastline. A left-lateral SW-NE strike-slip fault zone is mapped with segments crossing the Gokova Gulf from its northern part to south of Kos Island. This fault zone intersects and displaces the deep basins in the gulf. The basins are thus interpreted as the youngest deformed features in the study area. The strike-slip faults also produce E-W-oriented ridges between the basin segments, and the ridge-related vertical faults are interpreted as reverse faults. This offshore study reveals that the normal and strike-slip faults are well correlated with the focal mechanism solutions of the recent earthquake and general seismicity of the Gokova Gulf. Although the complex morphotectonic features could suggest that the area is under a transtensional regime, kinematic elements normally associated with a transtensional system are missing. At present, the Gokova Gulf is experiencing strike-slip motion with dominant extensional deformation, rather than transtensional deformation.