High interseismic coupling of the Alaska subduction zone SW of Kodiak island inferred from GPS data

Hilary J. Fletcher, John Beavan, Jeffrey Freymueller, Lewis Gilbert

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    Abstract

    We use Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements to make the first geodetic study of the Semidi segment of the Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone. This segment, which sustained an Mw8.2 earthquake in 1938, lies between Kodiak Island where the subduction interface appears to presently be fully locked, and the Shumagin Islands segment where substantial aseismic slip occurs. We invert the GPS station velocity estimates using a nonlinear least squares algorithm to solve for the width of the locked zone, the dip, and the interseismic coupling of a model subduction interface. The data are consistent with a shallow plate interface dipping ∼ 6°, a locking depth of ∼ 23 km, and high interseismic coupling of ∼ 80%.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)443-446
    Number of pages4
    JournalGeophysical Research Letters
    Volume28
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 1 2001

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