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Open-File Report 2010-1083-C

Seismicity of the Earth 1900—2007, Kuril-Kamchatka Arc and Vicinity

Compiled by Susan Rhea, Arthur C. Tarr, Gavin Hayes, Antonio Villaseñor¹, Kevin P. Furlong², and Harley Benz

¹ Institute of Earth Sciences, CSIC, Lluis Solé i Sabarîs s/n, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
² Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16802 USA

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This map shows details of the Kuril-Kamchatka arc not visible in an earlier publication, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3064. The arc extends about 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan, along the Kuril Islands and the pacific coast of the Kamchatka, Russia, peninsula to its intersection with the Aleutian arc near the Commander Islands, Russia. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the Okhotsk microplate, a part of the larger North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Kuril Islands chain and the deep offshore Kuril-Kamchatka trench. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving northwest at a rate that decreases from 83 mm per year at the arc’s southern end to 75 mm per year near its northern edge.

First posted August 26, 2010

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Suggested citation:

Rhea, S., Tarr, A.C., Hayes, G., Villaseñor, A., Furlong, K.P., and Benz, H.M., 2010, Seismicity of the Earth 1900-2007, Kuril-Kamchatka arc and vicinity: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1083-C, 1 map sheet, scale 1:5,000,000.

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