Large-scale tectonic deformation inferred from small earthquakes

@article{Amelung1997LargescaleTD,
  title={Large-scale tectonic deformation inferred from small earthquakes},
  author={Falk Amelung and Geoffrey King},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1997},
  volume={386},
  pages={702-705}
}
It is a long-standing question whether the focal mechanisms of small earthquakes can be used to provide information about tectonic deformation on a regional scale. Here we address this question by using a 28-year record of seismicity in the San Francisco Bay area to compare the strain released by small earthquakes with geological, geodetic and plate-tectonic measurements of deformation in this region. We show that on a small spatial scale, the strain released by small earthquakes is closely… CONTINUE READING