PhD Thesis

2003-2006:  Geometry  Kinematics and Paleoearthquake history at the intersection of a normal and strike-slip fault system. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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Abstract: Tectonic faults are fractures in the Earth’s crust which grow and accumulate slip during earthquakes. This thesis explores how large intersecting fault systems with different slip directions work together. Slip is transferred between such intersecting fault systems. Over time intervals of 10’s of thousands to millions of years their growth is intimately linked in space and time, a conclusion which appears to have global application. Intriguingly, the earthquakes that produce orderly longer-term slip on intersecting fault systems are widely scattered in space and time. The largest of these earthquakes may be smaller than previously thought, reducing the earthquake hazard in some regions.

Relevant publications:

Mouslopoulou, V., Nicol, A., Little, T.A., Walsh, J.J, 2007. Terminations of large strike-slip faults: an alternative model from New Zealand. In: Cunningham, W. D. & Mann, P. (eds), Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends. Geological Society of London, Special Publication 290, 387–415,

Mouslopoulou, V., Nicol, A., Little, T.A., Walsh, J.J., 2007. Displacement transfer between intersecting strike-slip and extensional fault systems. Journal of Structural Geology 29, 100-116,

Mouslopoulou, V.,Nicol, A., Walsh, J.J., Beetham, D., Stagpoole, V., 2008. Quaternary temporal stability of a regional strike-slip and rift fault intersection. Journal of Structural Geology 30, 4, 451-463,

Mouslopoulou, V., Nicol, A., Little, T.A., Begg, J., 2009. Paleoearthquake surface rupture in a transition zone from strike-slip to oblique-normal slip and its implication to seismic hazard, North Island Fault System, New Zealand. In: Reicherter, K., Michetti, A.M. & Silva Barroso, P.G. (eds) Palaeoseismology: Historical and Prehistorical Records of Earthquake Ground Effects for Seismic Hazard Assessment. Geological Society of London, Special Publication 316, 269-292,