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Earthquake source mechanisms and plate tectonics

Kanamori, Hiroo (1979) Earthquake source mechanisms and plate tectonics. Reviews of Geophysics, 17 (2). pp. 337-343. ISSN 8755-1209 . http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20141105-092802081

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Abstract

This review and the accompanying references will be concerned mainly with earthquake source studies pertinent to plate tectonics. Studies on geological problems, lithospheric flexure and mantle convection are discussed in other reviews in this volume. In the earlier stage of the development of plate tectonics, the distribution of earthquakes and the geometrical configuration of earthquake source mechanisms played an important role. As more sophisticated techniques for retrieving earthquake source parameters (synthetic seismogram method for both body and surface waves, inversion method, matching filter method, etc.) were developed, emphasis in the last four years was placed on the determination of not only the geometry of the source but also more quantitative parameters such as the stress drop, the amount of slip, the complexity, the strength of non-isotropic components, and the spectral characteristics. Also significant emphasis was placed on intraplate earthquakes and events on continental plate boundaries.


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Additional Information:Copyright 1979 by the American Geophysical Union. The study was supported by Grant No. EAR78-11973 from the Earth Sciences Division, National Science Foundation. Contribution Number 3227, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125.
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Official Citation:Kanamori, H. (1979), Earthquake source mechanisms and plate tectonics, Rev. Geophys., 17(2), 337–343, doi:10.1029/RG017i002p00337.
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