Interseismic Strain Accumulation on Faults Beneath Los Angeles, California

  title={Interseismic Strain Accumulation on Faults Beneath Los Angeles, California},
  author={Chris Rollins and Jean-Philippe Avouac and Walter Landry and Donald F Argus and Sylvain Barbot},
Geodetic data show that the Los Angeles metropolitan area is undergoing 8–9 mm/year of north‐south tectonic shortening associated with the Big Bend of the San Andreas Fault. This shortening has been linked to multiple damaging twentieth century thrust earthquakes as well as possible Mw ≥ 7.0 Holocene thrust events beneath central Los Angeles. To better characterize this seismic hazard, we assess how this shortening is being accommodated by interseismic strain accumulation on subsurface faults… CONTINUE READING