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Date:8/29/2014

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Stratigraphic and microfossil evidence for a 4,500-year history of Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis at Yaquina River estuary, Oregon, USA
N.A. Graehl et al. (Kelsey, corresponding author), Dept. of Geology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California 95524, USA. Published online 7 Aug. 2014; http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B31074.1.

New research on the central Oregon coast reveals that 11 subduction zone earthquakes and associated tsunamis have affected the Newport, Oregon, USA, area in the past 4,500 years. This research adds to a growing body of knowledge that implicates great subduction zone earthquakes recurring on average every 420-580 years. Each earthquake is accompanied by abrupt land-level lowering of the coastal region of at least half a meter and by incursion of tsunami waves to the Yaquina Bay region.


Evolution of the central Garlock fault zone, California: A major sinistral fault embedded in a dextral plate margin
Joseph E. Andrew et al., Dept. of Geology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA. Published online 26 Aug. 2014; http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B31027.1.

The slip rate of the Garlock fault in southeastern California has accelerated through time to the modern rate of 9 mm per year. Left-lateral strike-slip displacement of 64 km on the Garlock fault began 11 million years ago as an accommodation structure to Basin and Range extension. The Garlock fault subsequently changed geometry and rates when dextral shear initiated inboard of the San Andreas plate boundary. The Garlock fault evolved to a structurally more complex fault zone to accommodate the transversely oriented dextral shear. Dextral shear across the Garlock fault is accommodated by internal deformation within the Garlock fault zone via lateral extru
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Contact: Kea Giles
kgiles@geosociety.org
Geological Society of America
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