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TitreCrustal stress indicators for southwest British Columbia: What controls faulting in the crust?
AuteurBalfour, N J; Cassidy, J; Dosso, S
SourceSeismological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts; Seismological Research Letters vol. 81, no. 2, 2010 p. 333
LiensOnline - En ligne
Séries alt.Secteur des sciences de la Terre, Contribution externe 20100026
RéunionSeismological Society of America Annual Meeting; Portland; US; avril 21-23, 2010
Documentpublication en série
Mediapapier; en ligne; numérique
Sujetscaractéristiques structurales; failles; interpretations structurelles; analyse structurale; Plaque de Juan de Fuca; géologie structurale
ProgrammeÉvaluations ciblées des dangers dans l'Ouest du Canada, Géoscience pour la sécurité publique
Résumé(disponible en anglais seulement)
We present new stress and anisotropy results, which are combined with seismicity, local tectonics, and GPS data (velocity and strain) to determine regional stresses that control faulting in the North American crust above the Cascadia subduction zone in SW British Columbia (BC). The region experiences crustal earthquakes with recorded magnitudes up to 7.3. These events have a shorter reoccurrence interval than megathrust earthquakes and pose a significant hazard to major population centers. The North American plate in this region includes a change in margin orientation from N-S in Washington State to NW-SE in BC and involves a complex region of deformation above a bend in the subducting Juan de Fuca plate. Over 1000 focal mechanisms have been calculated to identify the dominant style of faulting and inverted to estimate the 3 principal stress orientations and stress ratio. These results are then compared with results from recent anisotropy work where over 4000 station-event pairs have been analysed for shear-wave splitting. By comparing stress orientations with fast directions we investigate whether the source of anisotropy is stress or structure related and identify any variations in the stress field. Preliminary results indicate a change in fast direction with distance from the trench from margin-parallel on Vancouver Island to margin-normal on Mainland BC. This change is also reflected in GPS velocity vectors and may suggest there is some variation in the stress with distance from the margin.