In this study, we present the work done to review the existing historical earthquake information of the Dead Sea Transform Fault Zone (DSTFZ). Several studies from various sources have been collected and reassessed, with the ultimate goal of creating of new homogenized parametric earthquake catalog for the region. We analyze 244 earthquakes between 31 BC and 1900, which are associated with the geographical buffer extending from 27 N to 36 N and from 31 E to 39 E. Of these, 93 were considered real seismic events with moment magnitude (Mw) greater than 5 that indeed occurred within this zone. While we relied on past parametric data and did not assign new macroseismic intensities, magnitude values, or epicenters for several controversial events, we did however resort to the primary sources to obtain a more critical perspective for the various assigned macroseismic intensities. In order to validate the derived parametric information, we tried to associate the events present in the historical records, with any evidence coming from past field investigations, i.e., geological or archaeological studies. Acknowledging the uneven quality and quantity of data reporting each event, we provided each entry with an uncertainty range estimate. Our catalog lists 33 events of Mw ≥ 6 absent from the latest published compilation with compatible time span and areal coverage. The whole catalog is considered complete down to Mw 7 and in certain areas down to Mw 6 after the year 1000, with majority of the larger earthquakes located in the part of DSTFZ, which extends from the southeast part of Dead Sea lake till Antioch.

An updated parametric catalog of historical earthquakes around the Dead Sea Transform Fault Zone

Iason Grigoratos
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Laurentiu Danciu;Graciela Rojo
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Abstract

In this study, we present the work done to review the existing historical earthquake information of the Dead Sea Transform Fault Zone (DSTFZ). Several studies from various sources have been collected and reassessed, with the ultimate goal of creating of new homogenized parametric earthquake catalog for the region. We analyze 244 earthquakes between 31 BC and 1900, which are associated with the geographical buffer extending from 27 N to 36 N and from 31 E to 39 E. Of these, 93 were considered real seismic events with moment magnitude (Mw) greater than 5 that indeed occurred within this zone. While we relied on past parametric data and did not assign new macroseismic intensities, magnitude values, or epicenters for several controversial events, we did however resort to the primary sources to obtain a more critical perspective for the various assigned macroseismic intensities. In order to validate the derived parametric information, we tried to associate the events present in the historical records, with any evidence coming from past field investigations, i.e., geological or archaeological studies. Acknowledging the uneven quality and quantity of data reporting each event, we provided each entry with an uncertainty range estimate. Our catalog lists 33 events of Mw ≥ 6 absent from the latest published compilation with compatible time span and areal coverage. The whole catalog is considered complete down to Mw 7 and in certain areas down to Mw 6 after the year 1000, with majority of the larger earthquakes located in the part of DSTFZ, which extends from the southeast part of Dead Sea lake till Antioch.
Parametric catalog Middle East Paleoseismic Seismites Faults Magnitude
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