abstract

Epicenters determined from 164 of the Managua aftershocks define two seismic zones. The primary zone, which is 15 to 20 km in length and strikes northeast along the Tiscapa-Ciudad Jardin fault system, contains 80 per cent of the aftershock locations. A subsidiary zone, northwest of Managua, suggests strain release possibly related to the north-south striking San Judas fault. Depth of foci are principally in the upper 7 km for both zones. Composite fault-plane solutions indicate a predominate left-lateral strike-slip displacement; the preferred planes for each zone agree with the strike of surface fractures or previously mapped faults.

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