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Seismicity and shear strain in the southern Great Basin of Nevada and California

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Abstract

Examines the relationship between the distribution of small earthquakes (ML???4.3) and mechanisms of strain accumulation and relaxation in an area with long repeat times between large events, the Southern Great Basin Seismic Network (SGBSN) region. This study attempts to explain the distribution of small earthquakes in terms of spatial variations in the shear strain field; where strain concentrates there should be a greater number of small earthquakes. Strain field models are constructed under the assumption that long term fault behavior perturbs an otherwise uniform strain field. These strain field models are then interpreted with regard to the regional tectonics and the Yucca Mountain site suitability issues. -from Author

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Seismicity and shear strain in the southern Great Basin of Nevada and California
Series title:
Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume
96
Issue:
B10
Year Published:
1991
Language:
English
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
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Journal of Geophysical Research