Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 29/2013

Geodetic, geological and geophysical evidence of active tectonics in south-western Sicily and offshore

Giovanni Barreca (a), Valentina Bruno (b), Chiara Cocorullo (b), Fabrizio Cultrera (a), Luigi Ferranti (c), Francesco Guglielmino (b), Laura Guzzetta (c), Mario Mattia M. (c), Carmelo Monaco (a) & Fabrizio Pepe (d)
(a) Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Sezione di Scienze della Terra, Università di Catania, Corso Italia 57, 95129 Catania, Italy. E-mail: (b) Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Etneo - Sezione di Catania, P.zza Roma, 2, 95123 Catania, Italy. (c) Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell'Ambiente e delle Risorse (DiSTAR), Università di Napoli "Federico II", Largo S. Marcellino 10, 80138 Napoli, Italy. (d) Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e del Mare, Via Archirafi 22, 90123 Palermo, Italy.

Volume: 29/2013
Pages: 5-8


Starting from the analysis of interferometric data, which reveal a differential ground motion on a SW-NE alignment between Campobello di Mazara and Castelvetrano (south-western Sicily), we analyzed the evidences of active tectonics in this frontal sector of the orogen. The alignment falls within the seismogenic zone where the 1968 Belice earthquake sequence occurred. Even though this is the strongest seismic event recorded in Western Sicily in historical times, focal solutions provide different hypothesis on trend and kinematics of possible faulting mechanism. The discovery of dislocated archaeological and recent markers within the seismogenic zone enabled us to provide, for the first time, the likely evidence of surface expression for recent coseismic-related deformation. The geological data were complemented by new marine geophysical and GPS surveys with the aim to verify a possible correspondence between geodetic and geological-morphological data. The results confirm that oblique thrusting and folding, in response to current NW-SE oriented compression, is still active and this aspect must be seriously analysed in the evaluation of the seismic hazard of this densely populated part of Sicily.


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