A Seismotectonic Model for the 300-Kilometer-Long Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone

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Science  29 Apr 1994:
Vol. 264, Issue 5159, pp. 686-688
DOI: 10.1126/science.264.5159.686


Ten years of monitoring microearthquakes with a regional seismic network has revealed the presence of a well-defined, linear zone of seismic activity in eastern Tennessee. This zone produced the second highest release of seismic strain energy in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains during the last decade, when normalized by crustal area. The data indicate that seismicity produced by regional, intraplate stresses is now concentrating near the boundary between relatively strong and weak basement crustal blocks.