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Late Quaternary activity of slow-slip intraplate Mariánské Lázně fault as revealed by trenching and shallow geophysical survey; Bohemian Massif (Czech Republic, central Europe)
Štěpančíková, Petra ; Fischer, T. ; Hartvich, Filip ; Tábořík, Petr ; Rockwell, T. ; Stemberk, Jakub ; Široký, J. ; Sana, Hamid
The NNW-SSE trending Mariánské Lázně Fault (MLF) zone is situated in the western part of the Bohemian Massif (Czech\nRepublic, central Europe) where it intersects NE-trending Cenozoic Eger rift. The northern segment of the MLF controls the\nmorphologically pronounced mountain front of Krušné hory Mts. and eastern limit of Cenozoic Cheb basin, which is famous for\nearthquake swarms (max. ML=4.6) and CO2 emanation. We performed 2D and 3D geophysical survey (electric resistivity\ntomography, ground penetration radar) and 3D trenching to look for large surface-rupturing prehistoric earthquake responsible\nfor pronounced moutain range front. Seven excavated and six hand-dug trenches revealed a complex geology and deformation\nat the study site probably as a result of right-lateral transpression during Late Quaternary. Two Holocene earthquakes 1150-590\nBC and 780-1000 AD were inferred from 14C dating of faulted Holocene colluvium with corresponding magnitudes Mw=6.7-7.0.\nThe latter one is the youngest documented surface-rupturing event in central Europe.\n