A study of microearthquake seismicity and focal mechanisms within the Sea of Marmara (NW Turkey) using ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs)

Sato T., KASAHARA J., Taymaz T., ITO M., KAMIMURA A., HAYAKAWA T., ...More

TECTONOPHYSICS, vol.391, pp.303-314, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 391
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tecto.2004.07.018
  • Journal Name: TECTONOPHYSICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.303-314
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


We have carried out seismological observations within the Sea of Marmara (NW Turkey) in order to investigate the seismicity induced after Golcuk-Izmit (Kocaeli) earthquake (M-w 7.4) of August 17, 1999, using ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs). High-resolution hypocenters and focal mechanisms of microearthquakes have been investigated during this Marmara Sea OBS project involving deployment of 10 OBSs within the Cinarcik (eastern Marmara Sea) and Central-Tekirdag (western Marmara Sea) basins during April-July 2000. Little was known about microearthquake activity and their source mechanisms in the Marmara Sea. We have detected numerous microearthquakes within the main basins of the Sea of Marmara along the imaged strands of the North Anatolian Fault (NAF). We obtained more than 350 well-constrained hypocenters and nine composite focal mechanisms during 70 days of observation. Microseismicity mainly occurred along the Main Marmara Fault (MMF) in the Marmara Sea. There are a few events along the Southern Shelf. Seismic activity along the Main Marmara Fault is quite high, and focal depth distribution was shallower than 20 km along the western part of this fault, and shallower than 15 km along its eastern part. From high-resolution relative relocation studies of some of the microearthquake clusters, we suggest that the western Main Marmara Fault is subvertical and the eastern Main Marmara Fault dips to south at similar to45degrees. Composite focal mechanisms show a strike-slip regime on the western Main Marmara Fault and complex faulting (strike-slip and normal faulting) on the eastern Main Marmara Fault. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.