Comment on “Historical perspective on seismic hazard to Hispaniola and the northeast Caribbean region” by U. ten Brink et al.
Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth
- Carol S. Prentice , Paul Mann , and Luis R. Peña
The analysis of historical earthquakes in the northeastern Caribbean by ten Brink et al. [2011, hereafter TB11] addresses the occurrence of large and destructive historical earthquakes associated with the North American-Caribbean plate boundary. One conclusion presented in TB11 is that the recurrence interval for large earthquakes on the left-lateral, strike-slip Septentrional Fault (SF) (Figure 1a) is approximately 300 years. Their Figure 7 shows rupture of the SF across the entire island of Hispaniola in CE 1200, 1542, and 1842. Our comment challenges this model for SF earthquake recurrence because it is inconsistent with our published paleoseismic data that show no large historical earthquake is associated with surface rupture along the SF east of Santiago (Figure 1a)[Prentice et al., 1993; Mann et al., 1998; Prentice et al., 2003].
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- Comment on: ten Brink, U.S., W.H. Bakun, and C.H. Flores (2011), Historical perspective on seismic hazard to Hispaniola and the NE Caribbean, J. Geophys.Res., 116, B12318, doi:10.1029/2011JB008497.
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