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Izvestiya, Physics of the Solid Earth

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 252–268 | Cite as

Strong Paleoearthquakes along the Aksuu Border Fault according to the Results of Dating the Offset Terrace Complex of the Chon-Aksuu River, Northern Tien Shan

  • A. M. Korzhenkov
  • J. R. Arrowsmith
  • C. J. Crosby
  • B. Guralnik
  • E. A. Rogozhin
  • A. A. Sorokin
  • S. V. Abdieva
  • A. B. Fortuna
  • A. S. Yudakhin
  • A. R. Agatova
  • E. V. Deev
  • J. V. Mazeika
  • M. V. Rodkin
  • J. Shen
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Abstract

The study and radiocarbon dating of the low alluvial terraces of the Chon-Aksuu River, in the Northern Issyk-Kul region, which were broken by the Kebin (Kemin) earthquake of 1911 (Ms = 8.2, Io = 10 to 11), are carried out. The obtained radiocarbon dated ages refer to the second half of the Holocene. Since that time, at least eight strong earthquakes took place along this (Chon-Aksuu) segment of the Aksuu border fault. Three seismic events, including the earthquake of 1911 occurred in the second millennium A.D. This outburst of seismic energy was preceded by two millennia of seismic quiescence, which set in after another pulse of seismic activation. The latter lasted for 1.5 millennia and included five strong earthquakes. The recurrence period of seismic events during the activations is 300–600 years. Hence, the seismic regime along the Chon–Aksuu segment of the Aksuu border fault in the second half of the Holocene was a succession of two seismic activations, each with a duration of 1.0–1.5 ka, which were separated by a 2-ka interval of seismic quiescence. Therefore, the absolute datings of the river terraces of different ages which have been broken by a seismogenic rupture can serve as a reliable source of information about the age of the strong earthquakes that occurred along the seismogenic fault.

Keywords

Tien Shan Issyk-Kul Aksuu ramp graben seismic rupture radiocarbon dating strong earthquakes paleoseismology structural geomorphology river terraces recurrence of earthquakes seismic quiescence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Korzhenkov
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. R. Arrowsmith
    • 3
  • C. J. Crosby
    • 3
  • B. Guralnik
    • 3
  • E. A. Rogozhin
    • 1
  • A. A. Sorokin
    • 1
  • S. V. Abdieva
    • 2
  • A. B. Fortuna
    • 2
  • A. S. Yudakhin
    • 2
  • A. R. Agatova
    • 4
    • 5
  • E. V. Deev
    • 6
    • 7
  • J. V. Mazeika
    • 8
  • M. V. Rodkin
    • 9
  • J. Shen
    • 10
  1. 1.Schmidt Institute of Physics of the EarthRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Kyrgyz Russian Slavic UniversityBishkekKyrgyzstan
  3. 3.Arizona State University in TempeTempe, ArizonaUSA
  4. 4.Sobolev Institute of Geology and MineralogyRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  5. 5.Ural Federal UniversityYekaterinburgRussia
  6. 6.Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  7. 7.Novosibirsk State UniversityNovosibirskRussia
  8. 8.Nature Research CenterVilniusLithuania
  9. 9.Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical GeophysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  10. 10.Institute of Disaster PreventionBeijingChina

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