One of the most important problem in seismically active zones is the issue of the relationship between the morphology of the area and tectonic activity, which in turn translates into the earthquakes hazard. This is especially crucial in seismic gaps, i.e. zones with no significant earthquakes for a long time. The data collected by Dr. Krzysztof Gaidzik from our Institute and international team, and published in the Frontiers in Earth Sciences, prove that seismic gaps are short-term phenomena, and the spatial variations of uplift corresponds to changes in the geometry and roughness of the subducting slab and active surface faulting.
Ramírez-Herrera M.T., Gaidzik K., Forman S.L. 2021. Spatial Variations of Tectonic Uplift – Subducting Plate Effects on the Guerrero Forearc, Mexico. Frontiers in Earth Sciences, 8: 573081. doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.573081 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2020.573081/full