EGU23-17608, updated on 26 Feb 2023
EGU General Assembly 2023
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Dynamic Triggering of Tremor and Earthquakes along the Dead Sea Transform by the 2023 Kahramanmaraş Earthquake Doublet

Asaf Inbal1, Itzhak Lior2, Alon Ziv1, and Ran Novitsky Nof3
Asaf Inbal et al.
  • 1Department of Geophysics, Tel Aviv University, Israel (
  • 2Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University, Israel (
  • 3Geological Survey of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel (

The Kahramanmaraş earthquake doublet, which struck south-eastern Turkey, imparted stress changes that dramatically affected neighboring regions: northern Israel, located about 600 km to the south of the epicenters, experienced roughly a hundred-fold increase in seismicity rates during the first week following the M>7 earthquakes. Here, we study seismic records along the Dead Sea Transform (DST) in order to identify, locate, and determine the characteristics of seismic sources triggered by seismic waves due to the M>7 earthquakes. We take advantage of a dense near-fault accelerometer network recently installed along the DST in Israel, and scan high- and low-pass filtered seismograms to look for body- and surface-wave triggering. We find that Love waves generated by the Mw7.5 earthquake triggered a small-magnitude earthquake in the northern Dead Sea lake area. Importantly, we find the first evidence of deep tectonic tremor along the DST, also triggered by the Mw7.5 Love waves. This tremor episode is composed of two 10 s bursts aligned with the strongest Love wave energy. Preliminary tremor envelope cross-correlation location results suggest it resides in the Jordan Valley, north of the Dead Sea lake, at 10 to 20 km depth, within the San Andreas Fault tremor depth range. Despite its larger magnitude, we do not find evidence for dynamic triggering due to the Mw7.8. The lack of dynamic triggering due to the Mw7.8, and the fact that waves from both earthquakes travel along similar paths to Israel, allow us to establish a threshold for dynamic earthquake triggering in the Dead Sea area.

How to cite: Inbal, A., Lior, I., Ziv, A., and Novitsky Nof, R.: Dynamic Triggering of Tremor and Earthquakes along the Dead Sea Transform by the 2023 Kahramanmaraş Earthquake Doublet, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-17608,, 2023.