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Interseismic Strain Localization in the San Jacinto Fault Zone

TitleInterseismic Strain Localization in the San Jacinto Fault Zone
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLindsey EO, Sahakian V.J, Fialko Y, Bock Y, Barbot S., Rockwell T.K
JournalPure and Applied Geophysics
Date Published2014/11
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0033-4553
Accession NumberWOS:000345144300006
Keywords1999 hector mine; andreas fault; Anza; california plate-boundary; compliant zone; coseismic deformation; Crustal deformation; dislocation model; Dynamic; fault zone; locally weighted regression; north anatolian fault; rupture; San Jacinto fault; southern-california; surface slips; triggered

We investigate interseismic deformation across the San Jacinto fault at Anza, California where previous geodetic observations have indicated an anomalously high shear strain rate. We present an updated set of secular velocities from GPS and InSAR observations that reveal a 2-3 km wide shear zone deforming at a rate that exceeds the background strain rate by more than a factor of two. GPS occupations of an alignment array installed in 1990 across the fault trace at Anza allow us to rule out shallow creep as a possible contributor to the observed strain rate. Using a dislocation model in a heterogeneous elastic half space, we show that a reduction in shear modulus within the fault zone by a factor of 1.2-1.6 as imaged tomographically by Allam and Ben-Zion (Geophys J Int 190:1181-1196, 2012) can explain about 50 % of the observed anomalous strain rate. However, the best-fitting locking depth in this case (10.4 +/- A 1.3 km) is significantly less than the local depth extent of seismicity (14-18 km). We show that a deep fault zone with a shear modulus reduction of at least a factor of 2.4 would be required to explain fully the geodetic strain rate, assuming the locking depth is 15 km. Two alternative possibilities include fault creep at a substantial fraction of the long-term slip rate within the region of deep microseismicity, or a reduced yield strength within the upper fault zone leading to distributed plastic failure during the interseismic period.

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