Reicherter, K., Jabaloy, A., Galindo-Zaldívar, J., Ruano, P., Michel, G. W., Becker-Heidmann, P. (2001): Paleoseismic studies in the Granada Basin (southern Spain); evidence for large prehistoric earthquakes. Cahiers du Centre Europeen de Geodynamique et de Seismologie (ECGS) 18 : 129–131
Pliocene to Holocene alluvial and colluvial sediments in the Granada Basin (southern Spain) and adjacent areas in the Betic Cordilleras show a broad range of faults related to coseismic surface deformation. We focussed our studies on reported ruptures, e.g. those of the Christmas event of 1884 (M 6,5-7) close to Arenas del Rey in the southern part of the Granada Basin. Other seismogenic faults have been found in Pinos Puente and north of Granada. Active faults, and hence seismogenic deformation, are distributed, which drastically hinders the calculation of recurrence rates of strong earthquake on discrete faults. Preliminary estimates for the entire study region are in the order of every 100 years a M 6 event, and every 1000 years a M 7 event, respectively. The maximum expectable events for the study area are in the order of M 7.