Abstract

The Gunzhin Fault is a tectonic structure in the southern Hentiyn arched uplift (central Mongolia). A fragment of this fault, exposed by two paleoearthquakes, is traced northeastward for ~25 km from the northern periphery of Ulaanbaatar. The first comprehensive seismogeological studies here were aimed at determining the seismic potential of seismogenic structures on the basis of the dislocation parameters. Judging by the strain amplitudes and length, earthquakes with a magnitude of >7.0 might be generated here. The paleoearthquake was dated by the radiocarbon method at 7800–4667 B.C. Seismogenic zones with a high seismic potential were identified in central Mongolia for the first time. Dextral strike-slip faults were observed here among active NE-trending faults, suggesting the presence of E–W compressive stress.

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