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TitleThe tectonics of Asia in the light of earthquake fault-plane solutions
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AuthorScheidegger, A E
SourceA symposium on earthquake mechanism; by Hodgson, J H (ed.); Publications of the Dominion Observatory vol. 24, no. 10, 1961 p. 385-387, (Open Access)
PublisherCanada Department of Mines and Technical Surveys (Ottawa, Canada)
MeetingInternational Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior, Twelfth General Assembly; Helsinki; FI; 1960
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RelatedThis publication is contained in Hodgson, J H; (1961). A symposium on earthquake mechanism, Publications of the Dominion Observatory vol. 24 no. 10
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Subjectsgeophysics; tectonics; mathematical and computational geology; seismology; earthquakes; earthquake mechanisms; fault plane solutions; tectonic setting; plate motions; displacement; bedrock geology; structural features; faults; methodology
Illustrationstables; geoscientific sketch maps
Natural Resources Canada Library - Ottawa (Earth Sciences)
Released1961 01 01; 2018 11 19
AbstractIt may be argued that a correlation must exist between the tectonics of a region and the fault-planes of the earthquakes of this region. This correlation exists but it is not possible to determine it readily. It is found that one must consider the nodal direction in these earthquakes and it is observed that nodal directions are, in general, normal to the direction of tectonic displacement. Consequently, it is possible to determine the direction of tectonic displacement by a least-squares method. This method has been applied to some Asiatic earthquakes for which numerous observations have been published in the Russian geophysical literature. A remarkable uniformity of tectonic displacement has been found in continental Asia, extending from Sakhalin to the Pamirs and the mountains of Kopet Dagh. This result indicates a large scale uniformity of tectonic forces in the Earth's crust.