Evidence for a great medieval earthquake (∼1100 A.D.) in the central Himalayas, Nepal

J. Lavé, M. Attal, D. Yule, S. Sapkota, K. Basant, R. Pandey, C. Madden

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Abstract

The Himalayan orogen has produced three thrust earthquakes with moment magnitude (W) 7.8 to 8.5 during the past century, yet no surface ruptures associated with these great earthquakes have been documented. Here, we present paleoseismic evidence from east central Nepal that, since ∼700 A.D., a single earthquake ruptured the Frontal Thrust fault at ∼1100 A.D., with a surface displacement of ∼17 (+5/-3) meters and a lateral extent and size that could have exceeded 240 kilometers and ∼M 8.8, respectively. Ruptures associated with M
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1302-1305
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume307
Issue number5713
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2005

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