Spatiotemporal variations of surface deformation, shallow creep rate and slip partitioning between the San Andreas and southern Calaveras faults constrained by InSAR

Yuexin Li, & Roland Bürgmann

Submitted August 16, 2021, SCEC Contribution #11617, 2021 SCEC Annual Meeting Poster #101

The Calaveras Fault (CF) is one of the main active faults in the San Andreas Fault (SAF) system in the San Francisco Bay Area, accommodating ~15 mm/yr of long-term slip along its central and southern sections. At the CF-SAF junction, the southern Calaveras Fault branches from the SAF at San Benito, extending sub-parallel to the SAF for ~60 km with only 2-6 km separation until south of Hollister. Both the CF and SAF have been reported to have spatially-variable aseismic creep. In this study, we perform a timeseries analysis using 5 years of Sentinel-1 data (2015-2020) over the Bay Area, specifically targeting the CF-SAF junction. The InSAR LOS and continuous GPS velocities agree within 3 mm/yr in the study area. We assess the surface creep rate distributions along the two fault strands in the CF-SAF junction and their temporal signature. The detailed mapping of surface deformation around the CF-SAF junction will help better understand the potential interaction, slip partitioning and the role of the southern Calaveras Fault in the SAF system.

Citation
Li, Y., & Bürgmann, R. (2021, 08). Spatiotemporal variations of surface deformation, shallow creep rate and slip partitioning between the San Andreas and southern Calaveras faults constrained by InSAR. Poster Presentation at 2021 SCEC Annual Meeting.


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