1987/1988 Gulf of Alaska Earthquakes Archive:
The 1987-88 Mw 7 Gulf of Alaska earthquakes, among the largest oceanic intraplate earthquakes ever recorded, involved strike-slip faulting along a pre-existing zone of weakness inherited from plate formation processes. In a seminal paper, John Lahr argued that the earthquake sequence reflects fragmentation of the corner of the Pacific plate in its collision with the North American plate.
Archivists: Mike Diggles
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1. Seismograms of the 1987 and 1988 Gulf of Alaska Earthquakes:
Lahr, J.C., R.A. Page, C.D. Stephens, and D.H. Christensen (1988). Unusual earthquakes in the Gulf of Alaska and fragmentation of the Pacific plate, Geophys. Res. Lett., 15, 1483-1486.
Hwang, L.J. and H. Kanamori (1992). Rupture processes of the 1987-1988 Gulf of Alaska earthquake sequence, J. Geophys. Res., 97, 19,881-19,908.
Quintanar, L., R. Madariaga, and A. Deschamps (1995). The earthquake sequence of November 1987 and March 1988 in the Gulf of Alaska: a new insight, Geophys. Res. Lett. , 22, 1029-1032.
Pegler, G. and S. Das (1996). The 1987-1992 Gulf of Alaska earthquakes, Tectonophys. , 257, 111-136, doi:10.1016/0040-1951(95)00112-3
Sauber, J.M., T.A. Clark, L.J. Bell, M. Lisowski, C. Ma, and D.S. Caprette (1993). Geodetic measurement of static displacement associated with the 1987-1988 Gulf of Alaska earthquakes, in D.E. Smith and D.L. Turcotte, eds., Contributions of Space Geodesy to Geodynamics: Crustal Dynamics, AGU Geodynamics Series, 23, 233-248.
Gonzalez, F.I., C.L. Mader, M.C. Eble, and E.N. Bernard (1991). The 1987-88 Alaskan Bight tsunamis: deep ocean data and model comparisons, Natural Hazards, 4, 119-139.
Ritsema, J., S.N. Ward, and F.I. Gonzalez (1995). Inversion of deep-ocean tsunami records for 1987 and 1988 Gulf of Alaska earthquake parameters, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am. , 85, 747-754.
4. Brief note about John Lahr:
For photographs of John Lahr engaged in field work in Alaska and earthquake education, please click:
Please click: John C. Lahr Biographical Sketch for a one-page summary adapted from the autobiographical sketch in the International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, edited by W.H.K. Lee, H. Kanamori, P.C. Jennings, and C. Kisslinger, Part B, p. 1883 and CD#3, Appendix 3 , Academic Press, San Diego, 2003.
Please click: John Lahr’s Publications for a full list of his publications.
Please click: John Lahr’s Science Outreach for his science and earthquake outreach/education activities.
Please click: Tributes to John Lahr including information about The John C. Lahr Educational Seismology Fund.