The seismicity of the Romanian Vrancea area has peculiar features: (1) strong earthquakes occur at intermediate depths in a very narrow source volume; (2) the seismogenic zone is situated beneath continental crust, at the SE corner of the highly arcuate Carpathian arc; (3) no evidence for active ongoing subduction is found today. Several geophysical models were developed that tried to provide an explanation for the localization of seismicity at depth (Fuchs et al., 1979; Oncescu, 1984; Tavera, 1991). They contain ideas on interaction of a paleo-subduction zone with more recent subduction and include initial concepts of slab break-off. In recent years new facts and concepts came up that merit a re-evaluation of the tectonic scenarios related to Vrancea seismicity.
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- Seismotectonics of the Romanian Vrancea Area
F. P. Lorenz
M. C. Oncescu
- Springer Netherlands