Retrodeformation analysis of the Quaternary fault in the southeastern Korean Peninsula

Sung Ja Choi, Duk Geun Hong, Ueechan Chwae, Yun Goo Song, Changryol Kim, Taekmo Shim

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The Suryum fault (F1) with subsidiary branches (F2, 3) varies in strike from N40°E to N14°E and in dip from < 68 to 8°SE with respect to the surface. New evidence helps redefine the frequency of faulting events and allows calculation of net slip rates. A retrodeformation analysis based on stratigraphic correlation and optical stimulated luminescence (OSL) dates of colluvial deposits reveals four events including three-time faulting during the latest Pleistocene: reverse → landslide → reverse → normal. Net slips are in the range of 100-130 cm for F1 at a dip angle of 68°-45° and 84 cm for F2 at a dip angle of 45°. Based on OSL ages of 23,000 ± 1200 yr and 12,000 ± 2000 yr, we calculate net slip rates for F1 and F2 ranging from 0.03 to 0.08 mm/yr. The reactivation slip rate on F1 is 0.15-0.4 mm/yr over the last 12,000 ± 2000-2800 ± 200 yr. The Suryum reverse faulting might be related to Mw ∼ 6-7 earthquakes during the late Pleistocene, based on net slip rates comparable to those of other intraplate regime examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-124
Number of pages9
JournalGondwana Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology


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