A focal mechanism catalogue of earthquakes that occurred in the southeastern Alps and surrounding areas from 1928–2019

Saraò, Angela; Sugan, Monica; Bressan, Gianni; Renner, Gianfranco; Restivo, Andrea

We present a focal mechanism catalogue of earthquakes that occurred in the southeastern Alps and surrounding areas from 1928 to 2019. The area involved in the process of convergence between the Adria microplate and Eurasia is one of the most seismically active regions in the Alpine Belt. The seismicity is minor, with the inline-formulaMs= 6.5 Friuli earthquake being the strongest event recorded in the area, but the seismic risk is relevant because it is a highly populated region. For this reason, numerous studies have been carried out over time to investigate the stress field and the geodynamic characteristics of the region using focal mechanisms. To provide a comprehensive set of revised information, which is challenging to build quickly because the data are dispersed over many papers, we collected and revised the focal mechanisms that were previously published in the literature. Additionally, depending on the data quality and availability, we computed new focal mechanisms by first arrival polarity inversion or seismic moment tensor. Finally, we merged all the fault plane solutions to obtain a catalogue for a selection of 772 earthquakes with inline-formula M2inlinescrollmathml normal 1.8 M normal 6.5 68pt11ptsvg-formulamathimg3feac1c8a1db3a9aaed9a7636bd9bfc8 essd-13-2245-2021-ie00001.svg68pt11ptessd-13-2245-2021-ie00001.png . For each earthquake, we reported all the available focal mechanisms obtained by different authors. We also suggested a preferred solution for users who need information provided expeditiously.

The catalogue (urihttps://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4660412; Saraò et al., 2021) is given as the Supplement of this paper and will be updated periodically (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4284970https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4284970).

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Saraò, Angela / Sugan, Monica / Bressan, Gianni / et al: A focal mechanism catalogue of earthquakes that occurred in the southeastern Alps and surrounding areas from 1928–2019. 2021. Copernicus Publications.

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