The Chilik-Chon Kemin Fault Zone is a major left-lateral strike-slip fault zone in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, just a few tens of kilometres east of Almaty and north of Lake Issyk Kul. It has seen one of the largest continental earthquakes ever recorded in 1889, with an estimated magnitude of ~M8.3. In July and August I had the chance to visit this fault zone for two weeks together with Angela Landgraf from Potsdam and Aidyn Mukambaev from the National Data Centre, thanks to a travel grant from COMET (thanks so much, COMET!) and with support from the EwF Project. We wanted to find out more details about the tectonic geomorphology of this fault zone and we wanted to study the slip rate and earthquake recurrence intervals. So we took our drone, shovels and picks and set off for a field trip into the mountainous wilderness. Since I will leave for another field trip to Kazakhstan (Dzhungarian Fault) tomorrow, I will leave you with some impressions from our field work and provide more information once the paper is published…
- Abdrakhmatov, K., Walker, R. T., Campbell, G. E., Carr, A. S., Elliott, A., Hillemann, C., Hollingsworth, J., Landgraf, A., Mackenzie, D., Mukambayev, A., Rizza, M., and Sloan, R. A., 2016. Multi-segment rupture in the July 11th 1889 Chilik earthquake (Mw 8.0-8.3), Kazakh Tien Shan, interpreted from remote-sensing, field survey, and palaeoseismic trenching; JGR-solid earth, 121, doi: 10.1002/2015JB012763.
- Landgraf, A., Dzhumabaeva, A., Abdrakhmatov, K., Strecker, M.R., Macaulay, E.A., Arrowsmith, JR., Sudhaus, H., Preusser, F., Rugel, G., and Merchel, S., 2016. Repeated large-magnitude earthquakes in a tectonically active, low-strain continental interior: the northern Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan, JGR-solid earth, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JB012714.
- Krüger, F., Kulikova, G., and Landgraf, A., 2015. Instrumental magnitude constraints for the July 11, 1889, Chilik earthquake. In Landgraf, A., Kübler, S., Hintersberger, E., and Stein, S. (eds.), Seismicity, Fault Rupture and Earthquake Hazards in Slowly Deforming Regions, Geological Society of London, Special Publications (432), http://doi.org/10.1144/SP432.8.
- Mushketov, I. V. 1891. Materials for investigation of earthquakes in Russia. Annex to the 27th volume of tidings of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society (in Russian).