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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

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https://doi.org/10.1002/jgrb.50170

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Abstract

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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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Comment on “Historical perspective on seismic hazard to Hispaniola and the northeast Caribbean region” by U. ten Brink et al.
Series title:
Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth
DOI:
10.1002/jgrb.50170
Volume:
118
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wiley
Contributing office(s):
Earthquake Science Center
Description:
4 p.
First page:
1602
Last page:
1605
Public Comments:
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.
Country:
Dominican Republic, Haiti
Other Geospatial:
Hispaniola
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