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Nonvolcanic tremor observed in the Mexican subduction zone

Abstract : Nonvolcanic tremor (NVT) activity is revealed as episodes of higher spectral amplitude at 1-8 Hz in daily spectrograms from the continuous seismological records in Guerrero, Mexico. The analyzed data cover a period of 2001-2007 when in 2001-2002 a large slow slip event (SSE) had occurred in the Guerrero-Oaxaca region, and then a new large SSE occurred in 2006. The tremor burst is dominated by S-waves. More than 100 strong NVT bursts were recorded in the narrow band of ~40 × 150 km2 to the south of Iguala City and parallel to the coastline. Depths of NVT hypocenters are mostly scattered in the continental crust between 5 and 40 km depth. Tremor activity is higher during the 2001-2002 and 2006 SSE compared with that for the ``quiet'' period of 2003-2005. While resistivity pattern in Guerrero does not correlate directly with the NVT distribution, gravity and magnetic anomaly modeling favors a hypothesis that the NVT is apparently related to the dehydration and serpentinization processes.
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Juan S. Payero, Vladimir Kostoglodov, Nikolai Shapiro, Takeshi Mikumo, Arturo Iglesias, et al.. Nonvolcanic tremor observed in the Mexican subduction zone. Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union, 2008, 35, ⟨10.1029/2007GL032877⟩. ⟨insu-03603730⟩

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