Carolina Canora Catalán

Carolina Canora Catalán

Post Doctoral Researcher
Investigadora Post Doctoral

Departamento de Geología y Geoquímica
Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco,
Calle Francisco Tomás y Valiente, 7, 28049 Madrid (spain)

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Research Interests

Structural Geology
Active Tectonics
Seismic Hazards assessment
Geodynamics and fault mechanics


Structural Geology: UCM 2009-2012
Tectonics: UCM 2008-2009
Advanced Structural Geology: UCM 2007-2012
Regional Geology Field Camp: UCM 2004-2012
Rock Mechanics: UCM 2009



  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Alonso-Henar, J., Insua-Arévalo, J.M., Canora, C., García-Mayordomo, J., Rodríguez-Escudero, E. Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Ferrater, M., Ortuño, M. and Masana, E. Geological evidences of surface rupture related to a 17th century destructive earthquake in Betic Cordillera (SE Spain): constraining the seismic hazard of the Alhama de Murcia Fault. Journal of Iberian Geology, doi: 10.1007/s41513-018-0082-2
  • Alonso-Henar, J., Benito, B., Staller, A., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Canora, C. Main crustal seismic sources in El Salvador. Data in Brief 20, 1085-1089, 2018; doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2018.08.147
  • Alonso-Henar, J., Benito, B., Staller, A., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Canora-Catalán, C. Large-magnitude crustal seismic sources in El Salvador and deterministic hazard scenarios. Engineering Geology 243, 70-83, 2018; doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2018.06.015


  • Canora, C., Vilanova, S.P., Besana-Ostman, G.M., Carvalho, J., Heleno, S., Fonseca, J. The Eastern Lower Tagus Valley Fault Zone in central Portugal: Active faulting in a low-deformation region within a major river environment. Tectonophysics 660, 117–131, 2015; doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.08.026
  • Insua-Arévalo, J.M., García-Mayordomo, J., Salazar, A., Rodríguez-Escudero, E., Martín-Banda, R., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Canora, C., Martínez-Díaz, J.J. Paleoseismological evidence of Holocene activity of the Los Tollos Fault (Murcia, SE Spain): A lately formed Quaternary tectonic feature of the Eastern Betic Shear Zone. Journal of Iberian Geology 41 (3), 333–350, 2015; doi: 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2015.v41.n3.49948


  • Canora, C., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Insua-Arévalo, J.M., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Villamor, P., Alonso-Henar, J., Capote-Villar, R. The 1719 El Salvador Earthquake: An M> 7.0 Event in the Central American Volcanic Arc? Seismological Research Letters 85 (4), 784–793, 2014; doi:
  • Canora, C., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Villamor, P., Staller, A., Berryman, K., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Capote, R., Díaz, M. Structural evolution of the El Salvador Fault Zone: an evolving fault system within a volcanic arc. Journal of Iberian Geology 40 (3), 471–488, 2014; doi: 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2014.v40.n3.43559


  • Canora, C., Villamor, P., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Berryman, K.R., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Capote, R., Hernández, W. Paleoseismic analysis of the San Vicente segment of the El Salvador Fault Zone, El Salvador, Central America. Geologica Acta 10, 103–123, 2012; doi: 10.1344/105.000001700
  • Ortuño, M., Masana, E., García-Meléndez, E., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Štěpančíková, P., Cunha, P.P., Sohbati, R., Canora, C., Buylaert, J.P., Murray, A.S. An exceptionally long paleoseismic record of a slow-moving fault: the Alhama de Murcia Fault (Eastern Betic Shear Zone, Spain). Geological Society of America Bulletin 124, 1474–1494, 2012; doi: 10.1130/B30558.1



  • Canora, C., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Villamor, P., Berryman, K., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Pullinger, C., Capote, R. Geological and Seismological Analysis of the 13 February 2001 Mw 6.6 El Salvador Earthquake: Evidence for Surface Rupture and Implications for Seismic Hazard. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 100 (6), 2873–2890, 2010; doi: 10.1785/0120090377
  • Landgridge, R.M., Villamor, P., Basili, R., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Canora, C., Almond, P. Revised slip rate for the Alpine fault at Inchbonnie: Implications for plate boundary kinematics of South Island, New Zealand. Lithosphere 2, 139–152, 2010; doi:


  • Benito, B., Gaspar-Escribano, J., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., García-Rodríguez, M.J., Jiménez-Peña, M., Canora, C., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A. An approach for the identification of areas with higher expected damage and definition of priority levels for prevention plans in Murcia Province (SE Spain). Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica e Aplicata 49 (1), 3-16, 2008; link
  • Canora, C., Villamor, P., Berryman, K., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Tracey, R. Rupture History Of The Whirinaki Fault; An Active Normal Fault In The Taupo Rift, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 51 (4): 277–293, 2008; doi: 10.1080/00288300809509866


  • Benito, B., Capote, R., Murphy, P., Gaspar-Escribano, J.M., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Tsige, M., Stich, D., García-Mayordomo, J., García Rodríguez, M.J., Jiménez, M.E., Insua-Arévalo, J.M., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Canora, C. An Overview of the Damaging and Low Magnitude Mw 4.8 La Paca Earthquake on 29 January 2005: Context, Seismotectonics, and Seismic Risk Implications for Southeast Spain. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 97 (3), 671–690, 2007; doi: 10.1785/0120050150

Current research Projects

As member of the research team:

InterGeoSima: Analysis and Monitoring of the Seismogenic Behavior of Intersegment regions of Active Strike-Slip Faults
Spanish Ministry of Economy

Previous Positions

Postdoctoral researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
2015 – 2016

Postdoctoral researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa.
2012 – 2014

Posdoctoral researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2011 – 2012

Posdoctoral researcher at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Predoctoral researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2006 – 2010