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Research article 09 Oct 2018

Research article | 09 Oct 2018

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Near surface structure of the North Anatolian Fault Zone from Rayleigh and Love wave tomography using ambient seismic noise

George Taylor1,a, Sebastian Rost1, Gregory Houseman1, and Gregor Hillers2,a George Taylor et al.
  • 1School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, LS2 9JT
  • 2Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Universit√© Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France, F-38041
  • anow at: Institute of Seismology, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland

Abstract. We use observations of surface waves in the ambient noise field recorded at a dense seismic array to image the North Anatolian Fault Zone (NAFZ) in the region of the 1999 magnitude 7.6 Izmit earthquake in western Turkey. The NAFZ is a major strike slip fault system extending ~ 1200km across northern Turkey and poses a high level of seismic hazard, particularly to the city of Istanbul. Assuming isotropy, we obtain maps of phase velocity variation using surface wave tomography applied to Rayleigh and Love waves and construct high resolution images of S-wave velocity in the upper 10km of a 70km by 30km region around Lake Sapanca. We observe low S-wave velocities (< 2.5kms−1) associated with the Adapazari and Pamukova sedimentary basins, as well as the northern branch of the NAFZ. In the Armutlu Block, between the two major branches of the NAFZ, we detect higher velocities (> 3.2kms−1) associated with a shallow crystalline basement. We measure azimuthal anisotropy in our phase velocity observations, with the fast direction seeming to align with the direction of maximum extension for the region (~ 45°). The signatures of both the northern and southern branches of the NAFZ are clearly associated with strong gradients in seismic velocity that also denote the boundaries of major tectonic units. Our results suggest that the development of the NAFZ has exploited this pre-existing contrast in physical properties.

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We constructed a seismic velocity model of the North Anatolian Fault in Turkey. We found that the fault is located within a region of reduced seismic velocity, and skirts the edges of a geological unit that displays high seismic velocity, indicating that this unit could be stronger than the surrounding material. Furthermore, we found that seismic waves travel fastest in the NE–SW direction, which is the direction of maximum extension for this part of Turkey, and indicates mineral alignment.
We constructed a seismic velocity model of the North Anatolian Fault in Turkey. We found that...