Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Research article
15 Feb 2024
Research article |  | 15 Feb 2024

Thermal structure of the southern Caribbean and northwestern South America: implications for seismogenesis

Ángela María Gómez-García, Álvaro González, Mauro Cacace, Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth, and Gaspar Monsalve

Related authors

MagellanPlus Workshop: mission-specific platform approaches to assessing natural hazards that impact society
Hugh Daigle, João C. Duarte, Ake Fagereng, Raphaël Paris, Patricia Persaud, Ángela María Gómez-García, and the Lisbon MagellanPlus Workshop Participants
Sci. Dril., 32, 101–111,,, 2023
Short summary
The preserved plume of the Caribbean Large Igneous Plateau revealed by 3D data-integrative models
Ángela María Gómez-García, Eline Le Breton, Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth, Gaspar Monsalve, and Denis Anikiev
Solid Earth, 12, 275–298,,, 2021
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject area: Crustal structure and composition | Editorial team: Seismics, seismology, paleoseismology, geoelectrics, and electromagnetics | Discipline: Seismology
Reference seismic crustal model of the Dinarides
Katarina Zailac, Bojan Matoš, Igor Vlahović, and Josip Stipčević
Solid Earth, 14, 1197–1220,,, 2023
Short summary
The impact of seismic noise produced by wind turbines on seismic borehole measurements
Fabian Limberger, Georg Rümpker, Michael Lindenfeld, and Hagen Deckert
Solid Earth, 14, 859–869,,, 2023
Short summary
Probing environmental and tectonic changes underneath Mexico City with the urban seismic field
Laura A. Ermert, Enrique Cabral-Cano, Estelle Chaussard, Darío Solano-Rojas, Luis Quintanar, Diana Morales Padilla, Enrique A. Fernández-Torres, and Marine A. Denolle
Solid Earth, 14, 529–549,,, 2023
Short summary
Quantifying gender gaps in seismology authorship
Laura Anna Ermert, Maria Koroni, and Naiara Korta Martiartu
Solid Earth, 14, 485–498,,, 2023
Short summary
Mapping the basement of the Cerdanya Basin (eastern Pyrenees) using seismic ambient noise
Jordi Díaz, Sergi Ventosa, Martin Schimmel, Mario Ruiz, Albert Macau, Anna Gabàs, David Martí, Özgenç Akin, and Jaume Vergés
Solid Earth, 14, 499–514,,, 2023
Short summary

Cited articles

Acosta, J., Velandia, F., Osorio, J., Lonergan, L., and Mora, H.: Strike-slip deformation within the Colombian Andes, Geol. Soc. Spec. Publ., 272, 303–319,, 2007. 
Arcila, M., García, J., Montejo, J., Eraso, J., Valcarcel, J., Mora, M., Viganò, D., Pagani, M., and Díaz, F.: Modelo nacional de amenaza sísmica para Colombia, Servicio Geológico Colombiano, Bogotá, Colombia,, 2020. 
Arvidsson, R., Boutet, J. T., and Kulhanek, O.: Foreshocks and aftershocks of the Mw=7.1, 1992, earthquake in the Atrato region, Colombia, J. Seismol., 6, 1–11, 2002. 
Audemard, F. A. M.: Paleoseismicity studies on the Oca-Ancón fault system, northwestern Venezuela, Tectonophysics, 259, 67–80,, 1996. 
Avellaneda-Jiménez, D. S., Monsalve, G., León, S., and Gómez-García, A. M.: Insights into Moho depth beneath the northwestern Andean region from gravity data inversion, Geophys. J. Int., 229, 1964–1977,, 2022. 
Short summary
We compute a realistic three-dimensional model of the temperatures down to 75 km deep within the Earth, below the Caribbean Sea and northwestern South America. Using this, we estimate at which rock temperatures past earthquakes nucleated in the region and find that they agree with those derived from laboratory experiments of rock friction. We also analyse how the thermal state of the system affects the spatial distribution of seismicity in this region.