Nootka Fault


The Nootka Fault is an active transform fault running southwest from Nootka Island, near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Nootka Fault
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The Nootka Fault, upper left
LocationNootka Island
Typetransform fault


The Nootka Fault lies between the Explorer Plate in the north and Juan de Fuca Plate in south. These are remnants of the once vast Farallon Plate. The fault is at the triple junction of the North American, Explorer, and Juan de Fuca plates.

Near the Nootka Fault is an active undersea mud volcano named Maquinna.[1]


  1. ^ Riedel, M.; Kelly, D. S.; Delaney, J. R.; Spence, G. D.; Hyndman, R. D.; Hyndman, R. D.; Mayer, L.; Calder, B.; Lilley, M. D.; Olson, E. O.; Schrenk, M. O.; Coffin, R. (2001-12-01), "Discovery of an Active Submarine Mud Volcano Along the Nootka Fault West of Vancouver Island", AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, 2001: OS12B–0428, Bibcode:2001AGUFMOS12B0428R
  • Hyndman, R. D.; Riddihough, R. P.; Herzer, R. (September 1979), "The Nootka Fault Zone — a new plate boundary off western Canada", Geophysical Journal International, 58 (3): 667–683, Bibcode:1979GeoJ...58..667H, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.1979.tb04801.x

Further readingEdit

  • Hutchinson, Jesse; Kao, Honn; Spence, George; Obana, Koichiro; Wang, Kelin; Kodaira, Shuichi (2019), "Seismic Characteristics of the Nootka Fault Zone: Results from the Seafloor Earthquake Array Japan–Canada Cascadia Experiment (Sea Jade)", Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 109 (6): 2252–2276, Bibcode:2019BuSSA.109.2252H, doi:10.1785/0120190008, hdl:1828/11768