Seismotectonics of Malatya Fault, Eastern Turkey

dc.contributor.authorAcarel, Digdem
dc.contributor.authorCambaz, Musavver Didem
dc.contributor.authorTurhan, Fatih
dc.contributor.authorMutlu, Ahu Komec
dc.contributor.authorPolat, Remzi
dc.departmentİstanbul Beykent Üniversitesien_US
dc.description.abstractTurkey is located in a seismically active region with a complex tectonic history. In order to perform seismic risk assessment precisely, major fault zones (North Anatolian Fault Zone and East Anatolian Fault Zone) that are well defined are monitored continuously. It is a widely known fact that intraplate settings, such as Anatolian Plate, in which devastating earthquakes may occur, need to be observed densely. In this study, we investigate the seismotectonics of Malatya Fault within the Malatya Ovacik Fault Zone (MOFZ), which is one of the major agents responsible for internal deformation acting on Anatolian Plate. Recent geological and paleoseismological studies underline the necessity of comprehending the seismicity and latency of a major earthquake in this fault zone. We applied traditional techniques to investigate data of such a region. Earthquakes that occured in the vicinity of Malatya Fault between the years 2011 and mid-2019 are employed in a detailed analysis. The results of this study are constrained by the distribution of sensor networks in the region, yet allowing to define an active structure which is not included in the active fault map of Turkey, therefore, making a significant contribution to seismic hazard estimation.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipBogazici University, Scientific Research Projects (BAP) [9401P]; Scientific Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) [117C009]en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipData used in this study can be obtained from Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute (KOERI;, last accessed December 2019) and Disaster and Emergency Management Authority Presidential of Earthquake Department (AFAD;, last accessed December 2019). Some of the figures are prepared using the Generic Mapping Tools v.4.2.1, (, last accessed December 2019; Wessel and Smith, 1998). We are grateful to Esen Arpat for valuable discussions on the geology and interpretation of results. We would like to thank Cengiz Zabci for fruitful comments on the geology of the region. We would like to thank four anonymous reviewers and Krzysztof Gaidzik for their constructive comments that helped to improve the manuscript. Musavver Didem Cambaz acknowledges to Bogazici University, Scientific Research Projects (BAP) 9401P for supporting part of this work. Digdem Acarel would like to thank the Scientific Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) for funding within the project 117C009.en_US
dc.indekslendigikaynakWeb of Scienceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofOpen Geosciencesen_US
dc.relation.publicationcategoryMakale - Uluslararası Hakemli Dergi - Kurum Öğretim Elemanıen_US
dc.subjectseismic networken_US
dc.subjectseismic hazarden_US
dc.subjectseismic risken_US
dc.subjectMalatya Faulten_US
dc.subjectEastern Anatoliaen_US
dc.titleSeismotectonics of Malatya Fault, Eastern Turkeyen_US