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Aseismic slip and fault-normal strain along the central creeping section of the San Andreas fault

January 1, 2008

We use GPS data to measure the aseismic slip along the central San Andreas fault (CSAF) and the deformation across adjacent faults. Comparison of EDM and GPS data sets implies that, except for small-scale transients, the fault motion has been steady over the last 40 years. We add 42 new GPS, velocities along the CSAF to constrain the regional strain distribution. Shear strain rates are less than 0.083 ?? 0.010 ??strain/yr adjacent to the creeping SAF, with 1-4.5 mm/yr of contraction across the Coast Ranges. Dislocation modeling of the data gives a deep, long-term slip rate of 31-35 mm/yr and a shallow (0-12 km) creep rate of 28 mm/yr along the central portion of the CSAF, consistent with surface creep measurements. The lower shallow slip rate may be due to the effect of partial locking along the CSAF or reflect reduced creep rates late in the earthquake cycle of the adjoining SAF rupture zones. Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title Aseismic slip and fault-normal strain along the central creeping section of the San Andreas fault
DOI 10.1029/2008GL034437
Authors F. Rolandone, R. Burgmann, D.C. Agnew, I.A. Johanson, D.C. Templeton, M. A. d'Alessio, S.J. Titus, C. DeMets, B. Tikoff
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geophysical Research Letters
Series Number
Index ID 70033276
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization