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Distribution, duration and size of slow-slip events in the eastern Mediterranean: insights from the Hellenic subduction system

Slow-slip events (SSEs), although widely recorded in various convergent margins globally, only recently have been reported in the Eastern Mediterranean, with one of them triggering the 2018 ~M7 Zakynthos Earthquake along the western Hellenic Subduction System (HSS). Here, we explore the distribution, size and duration of SSEs along the HSS and assess their importance in subduction-related strain accumulation and release. To achieve this, we analyse geodetic timeseries from a dense network of permanent GNSS stations on Western Peloponnese, Crete and surrounding islands that collectively span a time-period of ~10 years. We use greedy linear regression techniques to estimate displacement trajectory models for each station and thus we identify transient displacement signals, associated with aseismic processes at depth. To further constrain the spatial extent and size of the SSEs we invert the GNSS transient displacements for variable distributed slip at depth and we, therefore, discuss likely scenarios of aseismic and seismic strain distribution (and partitioning) within the HSS’s complex plate-interface zone.


Vasso Saltogianni1, Vasiliki Mouslopoulou2, Michail Gianniou3, Andrew Nicol4, Benjamin Männel5, Jonathan Bedford6, Onno Oncken5, Stelios Mertikas7
1Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany;National Observatory of Athens, Athens, Greece;GFZ Potsdam, Germany; 2National Observatory of Athens, Athens, Greece; 3University of West Attica, Athens, Greece; 4University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; 5GFZ Potsdam, Germany; 6Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany; 7Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece
GeoBerlin 2023