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[SSS31-04] Plate Convergent Process and Block Motions in Mindanao, the Philippines
Keywords:MCMC, Philippine fault, Philippine Trrench, Mindanao, GPS observation
In this study, we introduce a Markov Chain Monte Carlo method (MCMC) into the simultaneous estimation of slip deficit distribution on the PHS interface, lateral slip along the Philippine fault and translations of multiple crustal blocks. MCMC can get posterior probability density function of unknown parameters from enormous number of forward calculations. In the modeling we represent configuration of the plate interface and fault segments of the Philippine fault by 64 and 4 rectangular elements, respectively. Slip deficit rates, lateral fault slip rates and block translation rates are searched by MCMC while the direction of slip deficit is fixed to that of the PHS-SUP relative motion.
Preliminary results show that southern portion of the PHS interface is strongly locked. But its contribution to the displacement rate field is as small as 29% of the observation at the maximum and the rest can be attributed to the translation of crustal block. Along the Philippine fault that is the major boundary between forearc and backarc blocks, slip rate changes from south to north even in Mindanao. While stronger locking is estimated in the southern segment, clear creep motion is detected in the north. Creep rate in the northern Mindanao is comparable to that detected in Leyte Island just north of Mindanao. Some segments of the Philippine fault are estimated to release strain stationary.