Developing a seismic source model for the Arabian Plate

I. El-Hussain, Y. Al-Shijbi, A. Deif*, A. M.E. Mohamed, M. Ezzelarab

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A seismic source model is developed for the entire Arabian Plate, which has been affected by a number of earthquakes in the past and in recent times. Delineation and characterization of the sources responsible for these seismic activities are crucial inputs for any seismic hazard study. Available earthquake data and installation of local seismic networks in most of the Arabian Plate countries made it feasible to delineate the seismic sources that have a hazardous potential on the region. Boundaries of the seismic zones are essentially identified based upon the seismicity, available data on active faults and their potential to generate effective earthquakes, prevailing focal mechanism, available geophysical maps, and the volcanic activity in the Arabian Shield. Variations in the characteristics given by the above datasets provide the bases for delineating individual seismic zones. The present model consists of 57 seismic zones extending along the Makran Subduction Zone, Zagros Fold-Thrust Belt, Eastern Anatolian Fault, Aqaba-Dead Sea Fault, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Owen Fracture Zone, Arabian Intraplate, and a background seismic zone, which models the floating seismicity that is unrelated to any of the distinctly identified seismic zones. The features of the newly developed model make the seismic hazard results likely be more realistic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number435
JournalArabian Journal of Geosciences
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2018


  • Arabian Plate
  • Seismic source model
  • Seismotectonic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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