A revised seismic catalogue (1994–2007) for the central–eastern Alps (N Italy) is presented. 396 earthquake relocations, for local magnitudes in the 1.2–5.3 range, are performed using a 3D crustal velocity structure and probabilistic locations. The location procedure is validated by computing a set of 41 quarry shot solutions and all the results, both about shots and seismic events, are comparedwith those obtained using the routine location procedure. Results are shown for five contiguous seismotectonic domains, as supported by geological and geophysical evidence (e.g., fault systems, crustal tomography, focal mechanisms types). Earthquake hypocentres are mostly located in the upper crust (0–15 km of depth), in good agreement with thermo-rheological models about the brittle–ductile transitions (8–9 km of depth) and total crustal strengths (1.0–2.0 TN m−1). Epicentres are clustered and/or aligned along present-day active geological structures. The proposed seismotectonicmodel shows dominant compression along the Giudicarie and Belluno–Bassano–Montello thrusts, with strain partitioning along the dominant right-lateral strike-slip faults of the Schio–Vicenza domain. The present-day deformation of the Southern Alps and the internal Alpine chain is compatiblewith Adria indentation and the related crustal stress distribution.

Earthquake relocations, crustal rheology, and active deformation in the central-eastern Alps (N Italy)

DELLA VEDOVA, BRUNO;
2015

Abstract

A revised seismic catalogue (1994–2007) for the central–eastern Alps (N Italy) is presented. 396 earthquake relocations, for local magnitudes in the 1.2–5.3 range, are performed using a 3D crustal velocity structure and probabilistic locations. The location procedure is validated by computing a set of 41 quarry shot solutions and all the results, both about shots and seismic events, are comparedwith those obtained using the routine location procedure. Results are shown for five contiguous seismotectonic domains, as supported by geological and geophysical evidence (e.g., fault systems, crustal tomography, focal mechanisms types). Earthquake hypocentres are mostly located in the upper crust (0–15 km of depth), in good agreement with thermo-rheological models about the brittle–ductile transitions (8–9 km of depth) and total crustal strengths (1.0–2.0 TN m−1). Epicentres are clustered and/or aligned along present-day active geological structures. The proposed seismotectonicmodel shows dominant compression along the Giudicarie and Belluno–Bassano–Montello thrusts, with strain partitioning along the dominant right-lateral strike-slip faults of the Schio–Vicenza domain. The present-day deformation of the Southern Alps and the internal Alpine chain is compatiblewith Adria indentation and the related crustal stress distribution.
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