pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 161, Issue 3, pp 565–587 | Cite as

Neogene Through Quaternary Tectonic Reactivation of SW Iberian Passive Margin

  • N. ZitelliniEmail author
  • M. Rovere
  • P. Terrinha
  • F. Chierici
  • L. Matias
  • Bigsets Team


Southwest Portugal, the Gulf of Cadiz and Morocco are under the potential threat of natural hazards linked to seismicity and tsunami generation. We report the results of two multi-channel seismic (MCS) surveys carried out in 1992 and 1998 along the continental margin and oceanic crust of SW Iberia. This MCS data set shows the evidence of the compressional deformation which involves both the continental and the oceanic crust of the study area. The area of deformation extends from the southern border of the Tagus Abyssal Plain to the Seine Abyssal Plain, encompassing the continental margin of SW Portugal. Most of the structures observed are probably related to a Mid-Miocene phase of Africa-Europe plate convergence. In this paper we discuss the recent advances on the identification of the tectonic structures that are still active and that may generate great earthquakes and tsunamis. The tectonic structures identified are located respectively at the Guadalquivir Bank, along the eastern border of the Horseshoe Abyssal Plain and along the southern continental slope of SW Portugal.

Key words:

Southwest Iberia seismic reflection data active faulting compressional tectonic earthquake tsunami 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Zitellini
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Rovere
    • 2
  • P. Terrinha
    • 3
    • 6
  • F. Chierici
    • 4
  • L. Matias
    • 5
  • Bigsets Team
  1. 1.Istituto di Scienze del MareSezione di Bologna CNRBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienza della Terra e Geologico-AmbientaliUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Instituto Geológico e MineiroDepartamento de Geologia MarinhaAmadoraPortugal
  4. 4.Istituto Radio AstronomiaMateraItaly
  5. 5.Centro de Geofisica da Universidade deLisboaPortugal
  6. 6.Faculdade de Ciências daUniversidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

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