New Publication in "Tectonophysics"

Present-day kinematic behavior of active faults in the Eastern Alps

Baroň, I., Plan, L., Sokol, L., Grasemann, B., Melichar, R., Mitrovic, I., Stemberk, J., 2019. Present-day kinematic behaviour of active faults in the Eastern Alps. Tectonophysics 752, 1-23.  

We monitored fault systems in caves in the Eastern Alps over a 1.5–2.5-year observation period by means of high-resolution three-dimensional Moiré extensometers TM71.
The annual displacement rates of the monitored faults were mostly about an order of magnitude smaller than the rates of the entire crustal wedges revealed from GNSS.
The displacements could be attributed to various processes: Dilations and compressions were mostly associated with thermal-volumetric variations.
Normal dip-slips originated due to gravitational relaxation.
Displacements with the same kinematics as the geologically documented fault systems were attributed to tectonic creep and strain built-up during the inter-seismic period.
Opposing kinematics on these faults were usually recorded few days in advance to local earthquakes.
Therefore real-time of such displacements could be a step forward to an effective earthquake early warning.

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