Intraplate earthquakes are those that occur far away from plate boundaries in what is often also referred to as slowly deforming regions or stable continental regions (SCR). Seismicity there is comparably low and earthquake recurrence intervals can easily exceed thousands of years for individual faults. However, intraplate quakes do account for a significant number of earthquake fatalities and killed more people than those that happened at plate boundaries during the last 100 years (England & Jackson , 2011). A new book has been published a few days ago, dedicated to summarizing our knowledge of these seismic events.
Intraplate Earthquakes is published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Pradeep Talwani. The book includes chapters on various intraplate regions:
- St Lawrence Rift System
- North China
- Kachch, Western India
- The New Madrid seismic zone
- Western Europe
- Japan Sea
Other chapters deal with intraplate basin inversion, a unified model for intraplate quakes, and seismic hazard. A preview is available here and at GoogleBooks. The book costs $120 and can also be ordered as an eBook ($96).
- Talwani, P. (Ed) (2014). Intraplate Earthquakes. Cambridge University Press, New York, ISBN: 978-1-107-04038-0.
England, P., & Jackson, J. (2011). Uncharted seismic risk. Nature Geoscience, 4(6), 348-349.