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See detailPaléosismologie marine et failles actives dans le golfe de Corinthe (Grèce)
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Beck, Christian; Hubert, Aurelia ULg et al

Scientific conference (2014, May 19)

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See detailContribution of a new active faults map and sedimentary cores to the characterization of seismogenic sources in an interdisciplinary approach (Western Gulf of Corinth, Greece)
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Beck, Christian et al

Conference (2014, April 28)

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. 5 earthquakes of magnitude greater than 5.8 occurred during the last 40 years. The question of seismic hazard is consequently particularly ... [more ▼]

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. 5 earthquakes of magnitude greater than 5.8 occurred during the last 40 years. The question of seismic hazard is consequently particularly relevant. Despite a long earthquake catalogue, estimations of earthquake hazard remain problematic because of the difficulty to associate each historical event to one of the many active faults mapped in the area. Consequently, combining seismology, history and paleoseismology in an interdisciplinary approach is here necessary and is the goal of the ANR-SISCOR project. In this framework, we investigated the offshore sediments in order to (1) better constraint the length of the active offshore faults, and (2) look for sedimentary signature of historical earthquakes. 600 km of high resolution seismic reflexion data have been acquired during two surveys and 12 short gravity cores have been retrieved. The latters are 0.5 to 1 m long, allowing us to analyze about 500 yrs of sedimentation. Two new faults potentially able to trigger M>5.5 earthquakes have been mapped in the northern part of the gulf based on seismic data. Sedimentary events (turbidites and mud flows) have been identified in some cores, essentially in the deep basin and in a 180m-deep sub-basin close to the northern coast. The comparison with the critically reviewed historical records shows that some of these events could have been triggered by historical earthquakes. The link between these potential earthquakes sedimentary signatures, historical events and active faults is discussed based on intensity maps and our new active fault map. [less ▲]

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See detailMarine paleoseismology in the Western Gulf of Corinth (Greece) for the last 500 years
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Mortier, Clément; Beck, Christian et al

Scientific conference (2014, January 15)

Related to the Gulf of Corinth rifting, five earthquakes of magnitude greater than 5.8 occurred in the last 35 years. Consequently, the question of earthquake (EQ) hazard is particularly relevant. Onland ... [more ▼]

Related to the Gulf of Corinth rifting, five earthquakes of magnitude greater than 5.8 occurred in the last 35 years. Consequently, the question of earthquake (EQ) hazard is particularly relevant. Onland, paleoseismological data are scarce and offshore data were absent before the present study. We investigated recent sediments bounding three well-defined major seismogenic faults. We retrieved 12 gravity cores from 50 to 85 cm long in three distinct sites: the southern shelf (40 to 50 m deep), a 180 m deep sub-basin, and a transect from the southern coast to the center of the gulf. We performed grain size analysis, magnetic susceptibility, loss on ignition and geochemical (X-Ray Fluorescence) measurements on cores from each site. We sought to identify layers potentially attributed to EQ-related processes like liquefaction and tsunamis for the sites on the shelves or mass transport and turbidity currents for the basins. Chronology is based on 137Cs (Atmospheric Nuclear Experiments) and 210Pb decay. Considering sedimentation rates estimates in these areas, the longer cores record about 500 years of sedimentary archives. On the southern shelf, 3 coarser layers have been identified at identical depth in 3 cores. 210Pb decay show erosion just under the first event that we attributed to the 1995 tsunami (backwash flow deposit). In the 180m deep sub-basin, among 3 clear grain-size peaks, two have been attributed to the 1817 Aegion EQ and the 1660 Galaxidi EQ. In last site, 10 “events” (grain-size and Zr/Rb peaks) have been identified in the deepest part of the transect 4 on the shelf. Their analysis is in progress, as well as paleomagnetic measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailLate Quaternay sedimentation and active faulting in the Western tip of the Gulf of Corinth, Greece
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Beck, Christian et al

Poster (2013, November 06)

The Gulf of Corinth is one of the fastest-spreading intracontinental rifts on Earth. Present day kinematics (GPS data) indicates an opening direction oriented NNE-SSW and an opening rate increasing ... [more ▼]

The Gulf of Corinth is one of the fastest-spreading intracontinental rifts on Earth. Present day kinematics (GPS data) indicates an opening direction oriented NNE-SSW and an opening rate increasing westward from 11 mm y-1 in the central part to 16 mm y-1 in the westernmost part. A significant part of the deformation is localized offshore, where the fault geometry was not well known yet. The high extension rate would imply a high seismic hazard if faults are not creeping. We propose an accurate map of submarine faults in the western extremity of the Gulf of Corinth. The map is based on two high-resolution seismic reflection surveys (single channel sparker) performed aboard HCMR’s R/V ALKYON, within the frame of SISCOR ANR Project. About 600 km of seismic lines were acquired, with a 200 msTWTT maximum penetration down to what we infer to represent the MIS 5 discontinuity. Depocenters location is controlled by river deltas where up to 75m of post-LGM sediments are stored. Numerous, up to 15m thick, mass transport deposits fill the central and eastern parts. In the eastern part, the sedimentary infill is faulted by the known North Eratini, South Eratini and West Channel faults. At the longitude of the Trizonia Island, the seafloor in mainly horizontal and the only fault is the south dipping Trizonia fault. Between the Trizonia Island and the Mornos Delta, the shallower northern part of the gulf shows a diffuse pattern of deformation with faults striking mainly E-W and ESE-WNW. It shows south and north dipping normal faults, strike-slip faults, as well as an inherited basement relief. To the West, three young grabens have been identified, striking NE-SW and W-E. The northern, 6 km long, fault in this grabens system shows a clear strike-slip component (fig.1). [less ▲]

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See detailPotential paleoseismological records in the Western Gulf of Corinth sediments (Greece) for the last 500 years
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Mortier, Clément; Beck, Christian et al

Conference (2013, November 06)

Related to the Gulf of Corinth rifting, five earthquakes of magnitude greater than 5.8 occurred in the last 35 years. Consequently, the question of earthquake (EQ) hazard is particularly relevant. Onland ... [more ▼]

Related to the Gulf of Corinth rifting, five earthquakes of magnitude greater than 5.8 occurred in the last 35 years. Consequently, the question of earthquake (EQ) hazard is particularly relevant. Onland paleoseismological data are scarce and offshore data were absent before the present study. We investigated recent sediments bounding three well-defined major seismogenic faults: Aegion, Trizonia and Psathopyrgos faults. We retrieved 12 gravity cores from 50 to 85 cm long in three distinct sites: the southern shelf (40 to 50 m deep), a 180 m deep sub-basin, and a transect from the southern coast to the center of the gulf. Chronology is based on 137Cs (Atmospheric Nuclear Experiments) and 210Pb decay for two sites (Aegion and Trizonia). Considering sedimentation rates estimates in these areas, the longer cores record about 500 years of sedimentary archives. We performed granulometry, magnetic susceptibility, loss on ignition and geochemical (X-Ray Fluorescence) measurements on cores from each site. Some samples were observed with a binocular to identify the nature of the grains. We sought to identify layers potentially attributed to EQ-related processes like liquefaction and tsunamis for the sites on the shelves or mass transport and turbidity currents for the basins. In Aegion, 3 coarser layers have been identified at identical depth in 3 cores across the scarp. 210Pb decay show erosion just under the first event, that we attributed to the 1995 tsunami (backwash deposit) (figure). In the Trizonia Sub-Basin, among 3 clear grain-size peaks, two have been attributed to the 1817 Aegion EQ and the 1660 Galaxidi EQ. In Psathopyrgos, 10 “events” (grain-size and Zr/Rb peaks) have been identified in the deepest part of the transect and at least 2 on the shelf. Their analysis is in progress. [less ▲]

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See detailSea floor morphology of north-western Gulf of Corinth (Greece): combined impacts of Late Quaternary eustatism and active tectonics
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Beck, Christian; Hubert, Aurelia ULg et al

Conference (2013, August 27)

Two high-resolution seismic reflection surveys (single channel sparker) were performed in the western part of the Gulf of Corinth. aboard HCMR’s R/V ALKYON, within the frame of SISCOR ANR Project. This ... [more ▼]

Two high-resolution seismic reflection surveys (single channel sparker) were performed in the western part of the Gulf of Corinth. aboard HCMR’s R/V ALKYON, within the frame of SISCOR ANR Project. This intra-continental marine basin is related to Late Cenozoic to Present extension separating “continental” Greece from Peloponnese. The connection of this active rift with the Ionian Sea (Mediterranean) is nowadays a 62 m deep sill, a situation which implies possible separations during low stands of global sea level, especially the last ones (MIS 2 and MIS 6). The western part of the Gulf, which is the most seismo-tectonically active part, appears as a transfer zone with both normal and strike slip faulting, identified through a dense grid of seismic lines. As a consequence, the offshore northern edge between the Mornos River delta and the Trizonia island shows a complex morphology due to the interaction between these structures, huge terrigenous feeding, deltaic development and sediment failures. Pre-Quaternary basement (Hellenids) was partly submitted to aerial erosion and paleodeltas are superimposed on the induced relief, visible at a depth of 110 m below Present sea level. The paleovalleys are filled with onlapping layered sediments, affected by several WSW-ENE and W-E oriented faults, part of them still active. An attempt to decipher both sources of relief genesis and evolution is presented. Beside, location and slip rate of active faults are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh energy environment offshore deposits in the western Gulf of Corinth, Greece
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Mortier, Clément; Beck, Christian et al

Conference (2013, April)

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See detailSedimentation and active faulting in the western tip of the Gulf of Corinth, Greece
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Bodeux, Sarah; Beck, Christian et al

Conference (2013, March 06)

The Gulf of Corinth is one of the fastest-spreading intracontinental rift on Earth, a 120km long E-W structure propagating westward toward the Aegean subduction zone. Present day kinematics (GPS data ... [more ▼]

The Gulf of Corinth is one of the fastest-spreading intracontinental rift on Earth, a 120km long E-W structure propagating westward toward the Aegean subduction zone. Present day kinematics (GPS data) indicates an opening direction oriented NNE-SSW and an opening rate increasing westward from 11 mm y-1 in the central part to 16 mm y-1 in the westernmost part. The high extension rate in the western part of the rift would imply a high seismic hazard if faults are not creeping. Our work concerns this western extremity of the Gulf of Corinth, for which we propose an accurate map of submarine faults as well as first chronostratigraphic interpretations. The map is based on two high-resolution seismic reflection surveys (single channel sparker) performed aboard HCMR’s R/V ALKYON, within the frame of SISCOR ANR Project. About 600 km of seismic lines were acquired, with a 200 msTWTT maximum penetration. We identified last glacial maximum (LGM) lowstand erosion surfaces along the northern coast. They made possible the mapping of post-LGM sediment thickness as well as estimates of subsidence rates. Depocenters location is controlled by river deltas where up to 75m of post-LGM sediments are stored. Numerous, up to 15m thick, mass transport deposits fill the central and eastern parts. Seafloor erosion is observed on 7.5 km2 in the western part, involving action of marine currents. The northern coast is subsiding between 1.7 and 2.2 mm y-1. We also mapped the following fault network described from east to west. In the eastern part, the sedimentary infill is faulted by the known North Eratini, South Eratini and West Channel faults. At the longitude of the Trizonia Island, the seafloor is mainly horizontal and the only fault is the south dipping Trizonia fault. Between the Trizonia Island and the Mornos Delta, the shallower northern part of the gulf shows a diffuse pattern of deformation with faults striking mainly E-W and ESE-WNW. In the southern part of the rift, no fault has been observed between the Psatopyrgos fault bounding the southern side of the Gulf and the Mornos Delta. To the West, between the Mornos Delta and the Rion Straits, three main south dipping, normal and oblique faults have been identified. This NE-SW striking fault system could be part of a local transfer zone linking the Patras and the Corinth Basins, or of the NE-SW right-lateral slip fault system interconnecting the Gulf of Corinth to the Kephalonia transform Fault and the Hellenic subduction. [less ▲]

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See detailDeformation pattern at the western tip of the Corinth Rift
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Beck, Christian et al

Conference (2012, September)

The Gulf of Corinth in Greece is an active continental rift propagating westward toward the Aegean subduction zone. GPS data shows that deformation rate reaches a maximum of 15 mm/yr at its western tip ... [more ▼]

The Gulf of Corinth in Greece is an active continental rift propagating westward toward the Aegean subduction zone. GPS data shows that deformation rate reaches a maximum of 15 mm/yr at its western tip. The style of extension and strain distribution is well documented offshore in the eastern and central parts of the rift (Bell, 2009). At its most active western extremity, published offshore data is not sufficient to characterize the deformation pattern. High resolution seismic profiles were thus acquired in that region within the framework of the SISCOR project to improve our understanding of fault evolution, seismicity and to be able to construct mechanical models of deformation. Here we investigate the spatio-temporal pattern of the basin subsidence and deposition with sparker data acquired in November 2011. Active faults and correlative time horizons were first mapped. The stratigraphy was then correlated with the eustatic sea-level curve. This sequence stratigraphic interpretation is possible because there are strong glacial-interglacial variations in the depositional environment. In fact lacustrine conditions prevail within the gulf during glacio-eustatic lowstands and are characterized by low amplitudes seismic facies. So synrift sediment isopachs over the last 12 000 and 130 000 yrs could be produced. The interpreted data allow us to: (1) compare deformation pattern at the western tip of the Gulf with the more mature central and eastern part of the Rift; (2) constrain the pattern and the timing of deformation as well as rates of faulting. Reference Bell, R. E., McNeill, L. C., Bull, J. M., Henstock, T. J., Collier, R. E. L., & Leeder, M. R., 2009. Fault architecture, basin structure and evolution of the Gulf of Corinth Rift, central Greece. Basin Research, 21(6), 824-855. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2117.2009.00401.x [less ▲]

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See detailPaleoearthquakes from Turbidites in the SISCOR project
Beck, Christian; Hubert, Aurelia ULg

Conference (2011, June 20)

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See detailPotentiel de la paleosismologie marine
Beck, Christian; Hubert, Aurelia ULg

Scientific conference (2011, February 01)

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