ANALYSIS OF THE DEFORMATIONS OF WESTERN CORINTH RIFT
BY SATELLITE GEODESY
Maya ILIEVA1,2,3, Rana CHARARA1,3, Pierre BRIOLE3
1 University “Pierre and Marie Curie” Paris – 6, France
2 Bulgarian Academy of sciences, Laboratory of geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria
3 École Normale Supérieure, Laboratory of geology, Paris, France
Introduction Seismicity and Fault system
In the area of Eastern Mediterranean the African plate goes under the Studied areas are characterized by high seismicity and natural hazard potential. There is serious seismic risk not
Eurasia plate and the latter collides with the Apulian plate. The only for the city of Patras, which is one of the biggest cities in Greece, but also for the neighbouring towns and
studied zone is also determined as a complex junction of several villages.
more tectonics blocks which drift in different directions and with
Fig.1. Sachpazi et al. (2000)
The investigation covers the Gulf of Patras and Central Ionian
Islands. The area of Patras is a transition zone between the Corinth
rift and the northwestern end of the Hellenic arc, while in the area of Fig.2 Fig.3
the Central Ionian Islands the transition zone between the West KFZ and the northwestern part of the WHA are the seismically most active region of Greece. One of the most
Hellenic arc and the Apulian plate is recognized as Kephalonia Fault significant recent events (M = 6.3) in the studied area occurred on August 14, 2003 northwest of the Lefkada island.
Zone (KFZ) with strike-slip faulting. The maximum intensity has been evaluated as Io = VII+ to VIII in the town of Lefkada (Pavlides et al., 2004).
GPS measurements InSAR
Two GPS campaigns were carried out in 2003 and 2006, For the study of the Lefkada earthquake, from the available 13 ascending (Asc) and 20 descending (Desc) ENVISAT images, 7
All data were processed using GAMIT software Version Asc and 9 Desc, respectively, were used. There is one image before the earthquake for both groups in this set. 21 Asc and 36
10.7 and the same processing strategies. We used precise Desc interferograms were processed with ROI_PAC software Version 3. This data set was used to generate Maps of coherence.
orbits and GPS data from ten surrounding IGS stations to On the base of the known fault parameters, synthetic models for expected interferograms were created.
tie our network to ITRF2000.
Fig.6. The 14 August 2008 Lefkada
Only the horizontal solutions are presented here and also earthquake and the aftershocks
some vectors from others grouped by Nyst (Nyst et al.
2003) that show that the average uncertainties of the
velocity vectors are in the order of ± 30 mm/yr.
Fig.10. Differential Asc Interferogram Fig.11. Map of coherence from 21 Fig.12. Synthetic Asc
030321-041105 Asc interferograms Interferogram
Fig.7. Coulomb stress distribution after
the Lefkada earthquake
The residual of the velocity field after a block rotation of
5+0.5˚/Myr till zero velocity for PRSL is presented. In
“Europe fixed”, the Rotation Pole is located at 21.12˚E, Fig.13. Differential Desc Interferogram Fig.14. Map of coherence from 36 Fig.15. Synthetic Desc
39.09˚N (Avallone et al. 2004). 030625-040714 Desc interferograms Interferogram
The difference between the velocity of point PRSL and
the other points define the Western Block of Central
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