Abstract

We investigate an isolated cluster of temporally persistent, intraslab earthquakes (ML<3.2) at >60  km depth below the Georgia Strait in southern British Columbia that is unique in Cascadia and meets the criteria for identification as an earthquake nest. A total of 129 relocated hypocenters define two northwest‐dipping structures in the subducting Juan de Fuca mantle within an 30×10×10  km3 volume. Focal mechanisms for 15 events represent a mix of strike‐slip and reverse faulting, and a stress regime of down‐dip tension and plate‐normal compression, consistent with a previous regional study. Converted seismic phases inferred to originate at the boundaries of subducted oceanic crust are observed at several receivers and are consistent with a local slab depth of 45  km, shallower than some JdF plate models. The geographical isolation of the nest within the confines of an extrapolated propagator wake suggests that its location is controlled by this pre‐existing and presumably hydrated structure.

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