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Seismotectonically Active Zones in the Dinarides

V. Kuk
E. Prelogović
I. Dragičević

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APA 6th Edition
Kuk, V., Prelogović, E. & Dragičević, I. (2000). Seismotectonically Active Zones in the Dinarides. Geologia Croatica, 53 (2), 295-303. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Kuk, V., et al. "Seismotectonically Active Zones in the Dinarides." Geologia Croatica, vol. 53, no. 2, 2000, pp. 295-303. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Kuk, V., E. Prelogović and I. Dragičević. "Seismotectonically Active Zones in the Dinarides." Geologia Croatica 53, no. 2 (2000): 295-303.
Kuk, V., Prelogović, E., and Dragičević, I. (2000). 'Seismotectonically Active Zones in the Dinarides', Geologia Croatica, 53(2), pp. 295-303. Available at: (Accessed 15 January 2021)
Kuk V, Prelogović E, Dragičević I. Seismotectonically Active Zones in the Dinarides. Geologia Croatica [Internet]. 2000 [cited 2021 January 15];53(2):295-303. Available from:
V. Kuk, E. Prelogović and I. Dragičević, "Seismotectonically Active Zones in the Dinarides", Geologia Croatica, vol.53, no. 2, pp. 295-303, 2000. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 15 January 2021]

Seismotectonically active zones are formed due to displacements of segments of the Adriatic micro-plate that differ in size and in their rate of movement, and by the resistance of the rock masses of the Dinarides. The spatial position of these zones can be determined through the locations of earthquake foci. The zones of seismotectonic activity are then correlated with the most important faults on the surface.

The seismotectonically active zones are relatively steeply inclined in the shallowest 10-20 km, which is caused by the oblique contacts between the Adriatic micro-plate and the Dinarides. The zones are curved at depth in many cases, which reflects the compression of the area. Curved parts of the zones are characterised by the greatest pressures and also by the most frequent earthquakes. Mildly inclined zones reflect the reverse displacements in the area, also probably the activity on contacts between rock masses of different density, or the extension of the Adriatic micro-plate subduction. The southern part of the plate is the most active. The greatest pressures caused by these movements occur in the area between Mljet island and Dubrovnik. Therefore the majority of earthquakes, and notably the strongest ones, occur in the area between Split, Imotski, Hvar island and Dubrovnik, as well as along the Montenegro coast in a SE direction.

Recent tectonic movements; Earthquake foci concentrations; Structural relations at depth; Dinarides; Croatia

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