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Title: State-of-the-art for assessing earthquake hazards in the United States. Report 21, Seismic source zones of the Eastern United States and seismic zoning of the Atlantic seaboard and Appalachian regions
Authors: Weston Observatory
Soils and Pavements Laboratory (U.S.)
Barosh, Patrick J. (Patrick James), 1936-
Keywords: Causative structures
Cause of earthquake
Earthquake causes
Earthquake zonation
Eastern United States
Late Cretaceous enbayments
Maximum credible earthquakes
Maximum expected epicentral intensity
Oceanic fracture zones
Seismic source zones
Vertical crustal movements
Earthquake hazards
Earthquake risk
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: Seismic and geologic data indicate that the eastern United States has particular seismic source zones which can be delineated in terms of maximum expected epicentral intensity. Historic and recorded seismicities demonstrate that significant earthquakes arise only from specific source zones. These zones are associated with major fracture zones that trend northwest, an important exception being a northeast-trending zone extending from the central Mississippi Valley to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Many fracture zones are related tothose cutting the Gulf and North Atlantic oceanic basins, and their present development is related to the formation of these basins. Sags or embayments developed over their fracture zones during the Late Cretaceous where they intersected the Cretaceous coast. These embayments appear to have been relatively subsiding, and the major earthquakes occur in their inland portion. Rising uplands adjacent to the Atlantic coast also produce earthquakes as well as some inland extensional fault zones that extend northerly from the northwest-trending fracture zones. Earthquakes do not appear related to movements along large faults as on the West Coast, but rather to adjustments on short segments of faults at structural intersections. Earthquake zonation is accomplished by estimating the maximum credible earthquake for each source zone. Most zones probably have not experienced this during the historic record; but some may have, such as Charleston, S.C. (Modified Mercalli, MM, Intensity X), Giles Co., Va. (MM Intensity VIII) and New Madrid, Mo. (MM Intensity XII). Zonation in terms of Modified Mercalli Intensity is less subjective than values of acceleration. Acceleration should be determined from the intensity for specific sites. NOTE: This file is large. Allow your browser several minutes to download the file.
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