Kinematic study at the junction of the East Anatolian fault and the Dead Sea fault from GPS measurements

Mahmoud Y., MASSON F., MEGHRAOUI M., Çakır Z. , ALCHALBI A., YAVASOGLU H. H. , ...More

JOURNAL OF GEODYNAMICS, vol.67, pp.30-39, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 67
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jog.2012.05.006
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF GEODYNAMICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.30-39


The Hatay Triple Junction (HTJ) is a tectonically complex area located at the intersection between the left-lateral East Anatolian fault (EAF), the Cyprus subduction arc and the left-lateral Dead Sea fault (DSF) which is a transform boundary between the Arabian and Sinai plates as they converge toward Eurasia. Previous GPS studies indicate a left-lateral strike-slip rate across the DSF varying from 5 mm/yr (along the southern part) to 2 mm/yr (along the northern part) (Alchalbi et al., 2010; Gomez et al., 2007; Le Beon et al., 2008; Mahmoud et al., 2005; Al-Tarazi et al., 2011). In contrast, the EAF has a roughly constant velocity along strike estimated at 9.7 + 0.9 mm/yr (Reilinger et al., 2006). The HTJ contains several well-identified active fault segments (DSF, EAF, Osmaniye fault, Karasu fault, Latakia fault, Jisr-al-shuggur fault, Idleb fault and Afrin fault) (Meghraoui et al., 2011), the fault-slip rates for which are poorly constrained.