Paleoseismological Findings on the Ortakoy-Susehri Segment of the 1939 Erzincan Earthquake Surface Rupture, North Anatolian Fault Zone

Polat A., TATAR O. , GÜRSOY H. , Karabacak V., Zabcı C., Sancar T.

TURKIYE JEOLOJI BULTENI-GEOLOGICAL BULLETIN OF TURKEY, cilt.55, sa.3, ss.137-157, 2012 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 55 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.137-157


The study area is located within the Susehri-Golova basin on eastern part of the North Anatolian Fault Zone (NAFZ). Great devastating earthquakes have been occurred on this highly active seismic fault zone in near historical period. The last great earthquake causing loss of many life and properties was occurred on 27 December 1939 in Erzincan along the eastern part of the NAFZ. This earthquake has created hundreds of kilometers surface rupture, and can also be traced in the study area. Significant information is obtained by early paleoseismological studies carried out especially on the middle and western parts of the NAFZ proving important data about earthquake return periods and magnitudes of seismic activity in the period. Paleoseismological studies on eastern part of the NAFZ are less than western part of the NAFZ.