The Active Fault System Of Sw Alps

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Journal Article: The Active Fault System Of Sw Alps

Historical and active seismicity in the south-western Alps (France and Italy) shows the recurrence of relatively high-magnitude earthquakes (M >= 5.8), like the one that recently affected the Italian Apennine range (M = 6.3 on the 30th March 2009). However, up-to-date detailed mapping of the active fault network has been poorly established. The evaluation of seismological hazard in particular in the highly populated French and Italian coastal region cannot be done without this. Here, we present a detailed study of the main active fault system, based on geological observations along the south-western flank of the Alpine arc. This N140° right-lateral strike-slip active fault system runs along the edge of the Argentera-Mercantour range and can be followed down to the Mediterranean Sea. It is evidenced by (1) Holocene offsets of glacial geomorphology witnessing ongoing fault activity since 10 ka, (2) widespread recent (10-20 Ma) pseudotachylytes featuring long term activity of the faults, (3) active landslides along the main fault zone, (4) geothermal anomalies (hot springs) emerging in the active faults, (5) ongoing low-magnitude seismic activity and (6) localization of the main historical events. In the light of our investigations, we propose a new tectonic pattern for the active fault system in the south-western Alps.

Guillaume Sanchez, Yann Rolland, Dimitri Schreiber, Gerard Giannerini, Michel Corsini and Jean-Marc Lardeaux

Published Journal 
Journal of Geodynamics, Date Not Provided




Guillaume Sanchez,Yann Rolland,Dimitri Schreiber,Gerard Giannerini,Michel Corsini,Jean-Marc Lardeaux. . The Active Fault System Of Sw Alps. Journal of Geodynamics. (!) .