Late Cenozoic stress state distributions at the intersection of the Hellenic and Cyprus Arcs, SW Turkey


JOURNAL OF ASIAN EARTH SCIENCES, vol.132, pp.94-102, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 132
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2016.10.003
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.94-102
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


The history of the Late Cenozoic stress regime was determined for an area between the gulfs of Fethiye and Antalya. Fault kinematic analysis and inversion of focal mechanisms of shallow earthquakes reveal significant evolution of the regional stress regime in SW Anatolia, i.e., the area of interaction between the Hellenic and Cyprus arcs, from the Mio-Pliocene to the present time. Fault kinematic analysis yields two different normal faulting stress regimes along the southwestern part of Fethiye-Burdur Fault zone, e.g., in and around cameli Basin (Zone Al) and two different strike-slip to normal faulting stress regimes characterized by a roughly orthogonal set of extensional axes between Fethiye and Demre (Zone B) with an older NW-SE al axis for Mio-Pliocene and a younger NE-SW sigma 3 axis for Plio-Quaternary time. Inversion of focal mechanisms of the earthquakes occurring in Zone Al provideS an extensional stress. state with approximately N- sigma 3 axis. Inversion of those occurring in Zone B, south of Zone Al, yields a dominantly strike-slip stress state with a NE-SW sigma 3 axis and a NW-SE A1 axis respectively. The inversion slip vectors from fault planes yield a consistent normal faulting stress regime in Burdur Basin and its surroundings (i.e., along the northeastern part of Fethiye-Burdur Fault Zone, (Zone A2)) during Plio-Quaternary, continuing into recent time as indicated by earthquake focal mechanism inversions. Both states-have a consistent NW-SE cs3 axis. "Fault kinematic analysis indicates NW-SE extension acting in Zone C (subarea between Demre and Antalya), south of Zone A2, during Mio-Pliocene time. The inversion of focal mechanisms yields normal faulting also characterized by a consistent NW-SE sigma 3 axis. The nearly orthogonal extensional stress regimes (NW-SE and NE-SW) obtained by inversion of both measured and seismic faults seem to have been acting contemporaneously with each other at different intensities from the Mio-Pliocene onwards in SW Turkey. This may be attributed to the geodynamic effects related to the subduction of the African plate beneath Anatolia diffusing along the Hellenic and Cyprus arcs and in the west-southwestward extrusion of Anatolia. The cause of the early NW-SE extension is the slab-pull force due to the subduction process along the Cyprus arc, considered to be dotninant until the Plio-Quaternary in the western part of the study area in zones A1 and B. The dominant status of the Cyprus arc continues today in the eastern part of study area in zones A2 and C. The later NE-SW to present day approximately N-S extension, dominant since the Plio-Quaternary, is related to the combined forces of the Anatolian extrusion and the subduction process along the Hellenic arc. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.