Measurements of tectonic micro-displacements within the Idrija fault zone in the Učja valley (W Slovenia)

  • Andrej Gosar Slovenian Environment Agency, Seismology and Geology Office, Ljubljana
Keywords: tectonics, geodynamics, fault, extensometer, Idrija fault, Učja, Slovenia


A recent slip-rate of an active fault is a very important seismotectonic parameter, but not easy to determine. Idrija fault, 120 km long, is a prominent geomorphologic feature with large seismogenic potential, still needed to be researched. Measurements of tectonic micro-displacements can provide insight into its recent activity. The Učja valley extends transversally to the Idrija fault and was therefore selected for the installation of TM 71 extensometer. Measurements on the crack within its inner fault zone are conducted from the year 2004. In 14 years of observations a systematic horizontal displacements with average rate of 0.21 mm/year and subordinate vertical displacements of 0.06 mm/year were established, proving the activity of this fault. An overview of methods of displacement measurements related to active faults and of newer interdisciplinary investigations of the Idrija fault is given. Displacement rates are beside for geodynamic interpretations important for improvement of seismotectonic models and thus for better seismic hazard assessment.


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Gosar A. Measurements of tectonic micro-displacements within the Idrija fault zone in the Učja valley (W Slovenia). AGS [Internet]. 2020May26 [cited 2021Jul.23];60(1):79–93. Available from: