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Title: Searching for Earthquake Sources in the Lower Tagus Valley (Portugal): First Results from the ATESTA Project
Authors: Ferry, M
Carvalhoo, J
Borges, JF
Fitzenz, Delphine
Keywords: Lower Tagus Valley
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EGU General Assembly
Citation: Ferry, Matthieu, João Carvalho (2), José Borges (1), and Delphine Fitzenz, 2010. Searching for Earthquake Sources in the Lower Tagus Valley (Portugal): First Results from the ATESTA Project. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 12, EGU2010-11301-1, 2010 EGU General Assembly 2010, Viena, Austria
Abstract: The area of Lisbon has been struck by destructive earthquakes in the past and with very intense consequences. As of today, two main areas host active faults with concern for the region: offshore with the still unclear source of the famous and catastrophic 1755 earthquake and inland with the Lower Tagus Valley where unknown fault(s) have produced the 1909 and 1531 events with estimated magnitudes ranging from 6 to 7. Those latter events are of particular importance due to their location within an area that is now densely populated. The repetition of such a shock today would have a barely imaginable impact on the population and economy of Portugal. An apparent paradox is that in spite of the high stake and expected impact on the Greater Lisbon area, little is known about the source fault(s) of the 1531 and 1909 earthquakes in terms of location, dimensions, maximum magnitude, slip rate and recurrence period. The ATESTA Project aims at answering those questions by deploying an integrated paleoseismological approach to the Lower Tagus Valley. By combining detailed geomorphological mapping using high-resolution digital eleva- tion models with shallow geophysical imaging (reflection seismics, electrical tomography and ground-penetrating radar), our goal is to identify the continuation of crustal faults at the surface. Paleoseismic trenching is conse- quently used to characterize surface rupture in terms of large recent events. Preliminary results suggest the presence of several fault trace in the Lower Tagus Valley outlined by uplifted ter- races and offset streams and visible in satellite images and the national 10-m-resolution digital elevation model. Those fault traces correspond to structures at depth, as identified by geophysical imaging.
Type: lecture
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