Taiwan

Our studies of the spectacular 80-km rupture of the Chelungpu thrust fault of 1999 introduced us to the neotectonic wonders of Taiwan. Since the earthquake, we have produced a new neotectonic map and interpretation of the Taiwan orogen and focussed on the eastern of its two active sutures.

Corresponding papers:

Shyu, J. B. H., K. Sieh, Y.-G. Chen, R. Y. Chuang, Y. Wang, and L.-H. Chung (2008),Geomorphology of the Southernmost Longitudinal Valley fault: Implications for evolution of the active suture of eastern Taiwan, Tectonics, 27, TC1019, doi:10.1029/2006TC002060.

Shyu, J.B.H., Chung, L.-H., Chen, Y.-G., Lee, J.-C. and Sieh, K. (2007), Re-evaluation of the surface ruptures of the November 1951 earthquake series in eastern Taiwan, and its neotectonic implications. J. Asian Earth Sci., 31, 317-331.

Shyu, J.B.H., Sieh, K., Chen, Y.-G., and Chung, L.-H. (2006) Geomorphic analysis of the Central Range fault, the second major active structure of the Longitudinal Valley suture, eastern Taiwan. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 118, 1447-1462.

Shyu, J.B.H., Sieh, K., Avouac, J.-P., Chen, W.-S., and Chen, Y.-G. (2005) Millennial slip rate of the Longitudinal Valley fault from river terraces: Implications for convergence across the active suture of eastern Taiwan. J. Geophys. Res., VOL. 111, B08403, doi:10.1029/2005JB003971, 2006.

Shyu, B., Sieh, K., and Chen, Y.G., 2005, Tandem suturing and disarticulation of the Taiwan orogen revealed by its neotectonic elements. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 233, p. 167-177.- doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2005.01.018

Shyu, B., Sieh, K., Chen, Y.-G., and Liu, C.-S., 2005, The neotectonic architecture of Taiwan and its implications for future large earthquakes: Journal of Geophysical Research, v.110, B08402, doi:10.1029/2004JB003251, 2005

Lee, JC, C. Rubin, K. Mueller, YG Chen, YC Chan, K. Sieh, HT Chu, and WS Chen, 2004,Quantitative analysis of movement along an earthquake thrust scarp: a case study of a vertical exposure of the 1999 surface rupture of the Chelungpu fault at Wufeng, Western Taiwan: J. Asian Earth Sciences, v. 23, Issue 2, May 2004, 263-273

Rubin, C., K. Sieh, Y-G. Chen, J-C. Lee, H-T. Chu, R. Yeats, K. Mueller, Y-C. Chan, 2001,Surface rupture and behavior of thrust faults probed in Taiwan, EOS, Trans. Am. Geophys. U., 82, no. 47, 565-567.

Lee, J.-C., Chen, Y.-G., Sieh, K., Mueller, K., Chen, W.-S., Chu, H.-T., Chan, Y.-C., Rubin, C., and Yeats, R., 2001, A vertical exposure of the 1999 surface rupture of the Chelungpu fault at Wufeng, western Taiwan: Structural and paleoseismic implications for an active thrust fault: Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., v. 91. no. 5, p. 914-929.

Sieh, K., 2000, Acts of God, acts of man: How humans turn natural hazards into disasters: Engineering and Science 63, no. 4, pp. 8-17.