Determining and modeling tectonic movements along the central part of the North Anatolian Fault (Turkey) using geodetic measurements

Yavasoglu H. H. , TARI E. , Tuysuz O. , CAKIR Z. , ERGINTAV S.

JOURNAL OF GEODYNAMICS, vol.51, no.5, pp.339-343, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jog.2010.07.003
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF GEODYNAMICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.339-343


The North Anatolian Fault (NAF), which extends from Karliova in Eastern Turkey to the Gulf of Saros in the Northern Aegean Sea, is one of the longest active strike-slip faults in the world with a length of about 1500 km. Within the North Anatolian Shear Zone (NASZ) there are long splays off the main trunk of the NAF veering towards the interior parts of Anatolia. Although the whole shear zone is still seismically active, the major seismicity is concentrated along the main branch of the NAF. Splays of the NAF dissect the shear zone into different continental blocks. The largest splay of the NAF was selected to analyze the distribution of movements between the faults delimiting these blocks. Four years of GPS measurements and modeling results indicate that the differential motion between the Anatolian collage and the Eurasian plate along the central part of the NAF is partitioned between fault splays and varies between 18.7 +/- 1.6 and 21.5 +/- 2.1 mm/yr with the main branch taking similar to 90% of the motion. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.