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Active Tectonics and Seismic Hazard in the Tell Atlas (Northern Algeria): A Review

  • Said MaoucheEmail author
  • Youcef Bouhadad
  • Assia Harbi
  • Yasmina Rouchiche
  • Farida Ousadou
  • Abdelhakim Ayadi
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Abstract

The Tell Atlas of Algeria, which experienced several destructive earthquakes in the past, is among the most seismic active zones in the western Mediterranean. The seismicity is not randomly distributed but directly related to active geological structures, which mainly correspond to faulted folds. The comprehensive studies of the El Asnam and Zemmouri faults allowed identifying similar structures distributed all over the Tell Atlas, which generated moderate earthquakes. The available paleoseismic data attest that the recurrence of strong earthquakes (M > 7.0) is about 300–500 years while seismicity data suggest 25–30 years for moderate earthquakes. This paper presents a review of active tectonics and seismic hazard in the Tell Atlas.

Keywords

Active tectonics Earthquakes Seismic hazard Tell Atlas of Algeria 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Said Maouche
    • 1
    Email author
  • Youcef Bouhadad
    • 2
  • Assia Harbi
    • 1
    • 3
  • Yasmina Rouchiche
    • 1
  • Farida Ousadou
    • 1
  • Abdelhakim Ayadi
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre de Recherche en Astronomie, Astrophysique et GéophysiqueBouzaréahAlgeria
  2. 2.Centre Nationale de Recherche Appliquée en Génie ParasismiqueHussein DeyAlgeria
  3. 3.Simons Fellow at Abdus Salam, International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly

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