Deformation of the 2002 Denali Fault Earthquakes, mapped by Radarsat-1 interferometry
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 84, Issue 41, pages 425–431, 14 October 2003
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2003), Deformation of the 2002 Denali Fault Earthquakes, mapped by Radarsat-1 interferometry, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(41), 425–431, doi:10.1029/2003EO410002., , and (
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck central Alaska on 3 November 2002 was the largest strike-slip earthquake in North America for more than 150 years. The earthquake ruptured about 340 km of the Denali Fault system with observed right-lateral offsets of up to 9 m [Eberhart-Phillips et al., 2003] (Figure l). The rupture initiated with slip on a previously unknown thrust fault, the 40-km-long Susitna Glacier Fault. The rupture propagated eastward for about 220 km along the right-lateral Denali Fault where right-lateral slip averaged ˜5 m, before stepping southeastward onto the Totschunda Fault for about 70 km, with offsets as large as 2 m. The 3 November earthquake was preceded by a magnitude 6.7 shock on 23 October—the Nenana Mountain Earthquake—which was located about 25 km to the west of the 3 November earthquake.