The Nootka Fault is an active transform fault running southwest from Nootka Island, near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Nootka Fault
The Nootka Fault, upper left
LocationNootka Island
Typetransform fault

Geology edit

The Nootka Fault lies between the Explorer Plate in the north and Juan de Fuca Plate in south. These are remnants of the once vast Farallon Plate. The fault is at the triple junction of the North American, Explorer, and Juan de Fuca plates.

Near the Nootka Fault is an active undersea mud volcano named Maquinna.[1]

Footnotes edit

  1. ^ Riedel, M.; Kelly, D. S.; Delaney, J. R.; Spence, G. D.; Hyndman, R. D.; Hyndman, R. D.; Mayer, L.; Calder, B.; Lilley, M. D.; Olson, E. O.; Schrenk, M. O.; Coffin, R. (2001-12-01), "Discovery of an Active Submarine Mud Volcano Along the Nootka Fault West of Vancouver Island", AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, 2001: OS12B–0428, Bibcode:2001AGUFMOS12B0428R

Further reading edit

  • Hutchinson, Jesse; Kao, Honn; Spence, George; Obana, Koichiro; Wang, Kelin; Kodaira, Shuichi (2019), "Seismic Characteristics of the Nootka Fault Zone: Results from the Seafloor Earthquake Array Japan–Canada Cascadia Experiment (Sea Jade)", Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 109 (6): 2252–2276, Bibcode:2019BuSSA.109.2252H, doi:10.1785/0120190008, hdl:1828/11768, S2CID 204252586