Multi-Scale Rupture Growth With Alternating Directions in a Complex Fault Network During the 2023 South-Eastern Türkiye and Syria Earthquake Doublet

Okuwaki R., Yagi Y., Taymaz T., Hicks S. P.

Geophysical Research Letters, vol.50, no.12, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1029/2023gl103480
  • Journal Name: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), CAB Abstracts, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Geobase, INSPEC, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: complex fault geometry, earthquake, inversion, rupture process, teleseismic waves, triggering
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A devastating doublet of earthquakes with moment magnitude MW 7.9 and MW 7.6 earthquakes contiguously occurred in SE Türkiye near the NW border of Syria. Here we perform a potency-density tensor inversion to simultaneously estimate rupture evolution and fault geometry for the doublet. We find the initial MW 7.9 earthquake involved discrete episodes of supershear rupture and back-rupture propagation, and was triggered by initial rupture along a bifurcated splay of the East Anatolian Fault. The second MW 7.6 event was triggered by the earlier MW 7.9 event, and it involved more extensive supershear rupture along a favorably curved fault, and was likely stopped by geometric barriers at the fault ends. Our results highlight the multi-scale cascading rupture growth across the complex fault network that affects the diverse rupture geometries of the 2023 Türkiye earthquake doublet, contributing to the strong ground shaking and associated devastation.