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TitleInSAR imaging of displacement on flexural-slip faults triggered by the 2013 Mw 6.6 Lake Grassmere earthquake, central New Zealand
AuthorKaneko, Y; Hamling, I J; Van Dissen, R J; Motagh, M; Samsonov, S V
SourceGeophysical Research Letters vol. 42, issue 3, 2015 p. 781-788, (Open Access)
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20150216
Mediapaper; digital; on-line
File formatpdf
AreaLake Grassmere; New Zealand
Lat/Long WENS 174.1000 174.2167 -41.6833 -41.7583
Subjectsgeophysics; remote sensing; structural analyses; structural features; structural interpretations; faults; earthquakes; earthquake mechanisms; earthquake studies; crustal movements; InSAR
Illustrationslocation maps; images; plots
Released2015 02 13
AbstractInterferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) data reveal surface slip on multiple faults triggered by the 2013 Mw 6.6 Lake Grassmere earthquake, New Zealand. Surface offsets of 1-2 cm occurred on previously inferred flexural-slip faults located ~4 km from the epicenter. We document dip slip on at least three different northeast striking, northwest dipping, flexural-slip faults located in the western limb of a syncline. The along-strike extent of the triggered slip is 1-1.5 km for each fault. Dislocation models suggest that triggered slip is confined to shallow depths (~800?m). Coulomb stress analysis indicates that slip was not triggered by the static stress change of the main shock but was likely caused by dynamic shaking during the passage of seismic waves. Our finding also provides an important clue on how some slip on shallow flexural-slip faults takes place.