Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
Solid Earth, 10, 741–763, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-741-2019
Solid Earth, 10, 741–763, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-741-2019

Research article 04 Jun 2019

Research article | 04 Jun 2019

The Bortoluzzi Mud Volcano (Ionian Sea, Italy) and its potential for tracking the seismic cycle of active faults

Marco Cuffaro et al.

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The Ionian Sea in southern Italy is at the center of active convergence between the Eurasian and African plates, with many known Mw > 7.0 earthquakes. Here, a recently discovered mud volcano (called the Bortoluzzi Mud Volcano or BMV) was surveyed during the Seismofaults 2017 cruise (May 2017). The BMV is the active emergence of crustal fluids probably squeezed up during the seismic cycle. As such, the BMV may potentially be used to track the seismic cycle of active faults.