José J. Martínez Díaz

José J. Martínez-Díaz
Investigador Principal

Associate Professor
Profesor Titular

Departamento de Geodinámica, Estratigrafía y Paleontología
Facultad de CC. Geológicas
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
c/ José Antonio Novais, 12, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

telefono-fijo_318-33263 +34 91 394 48635

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Research Interests

Active Tectonics
Structural Geology


Structural Geology
Field Work



  • 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 (in press)
  • 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
  • Béjar-Pizarro, M., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Staller, A., Luna, M.P., Pérez-López, R., Monserrat, O., Chunga, K., Lima, A., Galve, J.P., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Mateos, R.M. InSAR-Based mapping to support decision-making after and earthquake. Remote Sensing 10 (6), 2018; doi: 10.3390/rs10060899


  • Alonso-Henar, J., Álvarez Gómez, J.A., Martínez-Díaz, J.J. Neogene-quaternary evolution from transpressional to transtensional tectonics in Northern Central America controlled by cocos: Caribbean subduction coupling change. Journal of Iberian Geology 43, 519-538., 2017; doi:10.1007/s41513-017-0034-2
  • García-Mayordomo, J., Martín-Banda, R., Insua-Arévalo, J.M., Álvarez Gómez, J.A., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Cabral, J. Active fault databases: building a bridge between earthquake geologists and seismic hazard practitioners, the case of the QAFI v.3 database. Natural Hazards Earth System Sciences 17, 1447–1459, 2017; doi: 10.5194/nhess-17-1447-2017
  • Ferrater, M., Ortuño, M., Masana, E., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Pallàs, R., Perea, H.,  Baize, S., García-Meléndez, E., Echeverria, A., Rockwell, T., Sharp, W.D., Arrowsmith, R. Lateral slip rate of Alhama de Murcia fault (SE Iberian Peninsula) based on a morphotectonic analysis: Comparison with paleoseismological data. Quaternary International 451, 87–100, 2017; doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.02.018


  • Ferrater, M., Echeverria, A., Masana, E., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Sharp, W.D. A 3D measurement of the offset in paleoseismological studies. Computers & Geosciences 90, Part A, 156–163, 2016; doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2016.02.024
  • Ferrater, M., Ortuño, M., Masana, E., Pallàs, R., Perea, H., Baize, S., García-Meléndez, E., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Echeverria, A., Rockwell, T.K., Sharp, W.D., Medialdea, A.,  Rhodes, E.J. Refining seismic parameters in low seismicity areas by 3D trenching: The Alhama de Murcia fault, SE Iberia. Tectonophysics, 680, 122–128, 2016; doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.05.020
  • Ortega-Becerril, J.A., Garzón, G., Béjar-Pizarro, M., Martínez-Díaz, J.J. Towards an increase of flash flood geomorphic effects due to gravel mining and ground subsidence in Nogalte stream (Murcia, SE Spain). Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 16 (10), 2273–2286, 2016; doi: 10.5194/nhess-16-2273-2016
  • Staller, A., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Benito, B., Alonso-Henar, J., Hernández, D., Hernández-Rey, R., Díaz, M. Present-day crustal deformation along the El Salvador Fault Zone from ZFESNet GPS network. Tectonophysics 670, 66–81, 2016; doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.12.017
  • Torres, Y., Molina, S., Martínez-Cuevas, S., Navarro, M., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Benito, B., Galiana-Merino, J.J., and Belizaire, D. A first approach to earthquake damage estimation in Haiti. Advises to minimize the seismic risk. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 14 (1), 39-58, 2016; doi: 10.1007/s10518-015-9813-3


  • 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


  • Alonso-Henar, J., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Martínez-Díaz, J.J.  Constraints for the recent tectonics of the El Salvador Fault Zone, Central America Volcanic Arc, from morphotectonic analysis. Tectonophysics 623, 1–13, 2014; doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.03.012
  • 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., 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:
  • Rodríguez-Escudero, E., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Insua-Arévalo, J.M., Capote, R. Tectonic setting of the recent damaging seismic series in the Southeastern Betic Cordillera, Spain. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 12 (5), 1831–1854, 2014; doi: 10.1007/s10518-013-9551-3
  • Rodríguez-Peces, M.J., García-Mayordomo, J., Martínez-Díaz, J.J. Slope instabilities triggered by the 11th May 2011 Lorca earthquake (Murcia, Spain): comparison to previous hazard assessments and proposition of a new hazard map and probability of failure equation. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 12 (5), 1961–1976, 2014; doi: 10.1007/s10518-013-9509-5


  • Alonso-Henar, J., Montero, W., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Insua-Arévalo, J.M., Rojas, W. The Aguacaliente Fault, source of the Cartago 1910 destructive earthquake (Costa Rica). Terra Nova 25, 368–373, 2013; doi: 10.1111/ter.12045
  • Rigo, A., Béjar-Pizarro, M., Martínez-Díaz, J.J. Monitoring of Guadalentín valley (southern Spain) through a fast SAR Interferometry method. Journal of Applied Geophysics 91, 39–48, 2013; doi: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2013.02.001


  • 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
  • García-Mayordomo, J., Insua-Arévalo, J.M., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Jiménez-Díaz, A., Martín-Banda, R., Martín-Alfageme, S., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Rodríguez-Peces, M., Pérez-López, R., Rodríguez-Pascua, M.A., Masana, E., Martín-González, F., Giner-Robles, J., Nemser, E.S., Cabral, J. and QAFI Compilers. The Quaternary Active Faults Database of Iberia (QAFI v.2.0). Journal of Iberian Geology 38 (1), 285–302, 2012; doi: 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2012.v38.n1.39219
  • Insua-Arévalo, J.M., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., García-Mayordomo, J., Martín-González, F. Active tectonics in the Malaga Basin: evidences from morphotectonic markers (Western Betic Cordillera, Spain). Journal of Iberian Geology 38 (1), 175–190, 2012; doi: 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2012.v38.n1.39212
  • Martín-González, F., Antón, L., Insua, J.M., De Vicente, G., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Muñoz-Martín, A., Heredia, N., Olaiz, A. Seismicity and potencially active faults in the Northwest and Central-West Iberian Peninsula. Journal of Iberian Geology 38 (1), 53–69, 2012; doi: 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2012.v38.n1.39205
  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Masana, E., Ortuño, M. Active tectonics of the Alhama de Murcia fault, Betic Cordillera, Spain. Journal of Iberian Geology 38 (1), 253–270, 2012; doi: 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2012.v38.n1.39218
  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Bejar-Pizarro, M., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Mancilla, F.L., Stich, D., Herrera, G., Morales, J. Tectonic and seismic implications of an intersegment rupture The damaging May 11th 2011 Mw 5.2 Lorca, Spain, earthquake. Tectonophysics 546–547,  28–37, 2012; doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.04.010
  • 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
  • Villamor, P., Capote, R., Stirling, M.W., Tsige, M., Berryman, K.R., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Martín-González, F. Contribution of active faults in the intraplate area of Iberia to seismic hazard: The Alentejo-Plasencia Fault. Journal of Iberian Geology 38 (1), 85–111, 2012; doi: 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2012.v38.n1.39207


  • Maestro, A., Jané, G., García-Mayordomo, J., Fernñandez-Revueta, B., Rodríguez-Pascua, M.A., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Pérez-López, R. Cause of the rupture and distribution of broken submarine carbonate chimneys in the Gulf of Cádiz (southwestern Spain). Quaternary International 242,  240–253, 2011; doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.04.007


  • 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


  • González-Díez, A, Soto, J., Gómez-Arozamena, J., Bonachea, J., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Cuesta, J.A., Olague, I., Remondo, J., Fernández-Maroto, G., Díaz de Terán, J.R. Identification of latent faults using a radon test. Geomorphology 110, 11–19, 2009; doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.12.020
  • Pérez-López, R., Rodríguez-Pascua, M.A. Giner-Robles, J.L., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Marcos-Nuez, A., Silva, P., Bejar, M., Calvo, J.P. Speleoseismological study of the Benis cave (Murcia, Spain): coseismic effects of the 1999 Mula earthquake (mb 4.8), Geological Society of London (Special Publication) 316, 207–216, 2009; doi: 10.1144/SP316.13


  • Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Meijer, P.T., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Capote, R. Constraints from finite element modeling on the active tectonics of northern Central America and the Middle America Trench. Tectonics 27, 1–12 2008; doi: 10.1029/2007TC002162
  • 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
  • Carreño, E., Benito, B., Martínez-Solares, J.M., Cabañas, L., Giner, J., Murphy, P., López, C., Del Fresno, C., Alcalde, J.M., Gaspar-Escribano, J.M., Antón, R., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Cesca, S., Izquierdo, A., Sánchez-Caballero, J.G., Expósito, P. The June 7, 2007 MbLg 4.2 Escopete Earthquake: An Event With Significant Ground Motion In A Stable Zone (Central Iberian Peninsula). Seismological Research Letters, 79 (6), 820–829, 2008; doi: 10.1785/gssrl.79.6.820


  • 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., and 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
  • Martínez-Díaz J.J., Alvárez-Gómez, J.A., García-Mayordomo, J., Insua-Arévalo, J.M. Seismic triggering process on small sized faults: Southern Betic Cordillera (Spain). Geophysical Research Abstracts 9, 06192, 2007; SRef-ID: 1607-7962/gra/EGU2007-A-06192
  • Pérez-López, R., Giner-Robles, J.L., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Rodríguez-Pascua, M.A., Bejar, M., Paredes, C., González-Casado, J.M. Active tectonics on Deception Island (West-Antarctica): A new approach by using the fractal anisotropy of lineaments, fault slip measurements and the caldera collapse shape. U.S. Geological Survey and The National Academies; USGS OFR-2007-1047, Short Research Paper 086, 2007; doi: 10.313 3/of2007-1047.srp086


  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Capote, R., Tsige, M., Villamos, R., Martín-Gónzalez, F., Insua-Arévalo, J.M. Seismic triggering in a stable continental area: The Lugo 1995-1997 seismic sequences (NW Spain). Journal of Geodynamics 41, 440–449, 2006; doi: 10.1016/j.jog.2006.01.001


  • Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., García-Mayordomo, J., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Capote, R. SeriesBuster: a Matlab program to extract spatio-temporal series from an earthquake database, Computers & Geosciences 31 , 521–525, 2005; doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2004.11.003
  • Fernández-Ibáñez, F., Pérez-López, R., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Paredes, C., Giner-Robles, J.L  and Caselli, A.T. Costa Recta Beach of Deception Island: Is it a retreated scarp of a submarine fault? (Western Antarctica). Antarctic Science 17 (3), 418–426, 2005; doi: 10.1017/S0954102005002841
  • Masana, R., Pallàs, R., Perea, H,. Ortuño, M., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., García-Meléndez, E., Santanach, P. Large Holocene morphogenic earthquakes along the Albox fault, Betic Cordillera, Spain. Journal of Geodynamics 40 (2-3), 119–133, 2005; doi: 10.1016/j.jog.2005.07.002


  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Benito, B., Hernández, D. Triggering of destructive earthquakes in El Salvador. Geology 32 (1), 65–68, 2004; doi: 10.1130/G20089.1
  • Benito, B., Cepeda, J.M., Martínez-Díaz, J.J. Analysis of the spatial and temporal distribution of the 2001 earthquakes in El Salvador.  Geological Society of America Special Paper 375: spe375–25, 1–18, 2004; doi: 10.1130/0-8137-2375-2.339
  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Álvarez-Gómez, J.A., Benito, B., Hernández, D. Triggering of destructive eartquakes in El Salvador. Geology 32 (1), 65–68, 2004; doi: 10.1130/G20089.1
  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J. and Hernández-Enrile, J.L. Neotectonics and morphotectonics of the southern Almería region (Betic Cordillera-Spain) kinematic implications. International Journal of Earth Sciences 93, 189–206, 2004; doi: 10.1007/s00531-003-0379-y
  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J., In: Trifonov, V. G. Active faults in Eurasia: general remarks. Tectonophysics 380 (3-4), 123–130, 2004, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2003.09.017
  • Masana, E., Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Hernández-Enrile, J.L., Santanach, P. The Alhama de Murcia Fault (SE Spain), a seismogenetic fault in a diffuse plate boundary. Seismogenetic implications for the Ibero-Maghrebian region. Journal of Geophysical Reseach 109 (B1), 1–17, 2004; doi: 10.1029/2002JB002359


  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J., Masana, E., Hernández-Enrile, J.L., Santanach, P. Effects of repeated paleoearthquakes on the Alhama de Murcia fault (Betic Cordillera, Spain) on the Quaternary evolution of an alluvial fan system. Annals of Geophysics 46(5), 775–793, 2003; doi: 10.4401/ag-3455


  • Martínez-Díaz, J.J. Stress field variety related to fault interaction in a reverse oblique-slip fault: the Alhama de Murcia fault, Betic cordillera, Spain.  Tectonophysics  356 (4), 291–305, 2002; doi: 10.1016/S0040-1951(02)00400-6

Current research Projects

As principal researcher:

INTERGEO: Análisis del potencial sísmico de las zonas intersegmento de fallas de desgarre mediante análisis y monitoreo geológico, geodésico y geofísico.

Ministry of Economy

Previous Positions

– Professor in Geodynamics Department (UCM).
2008 –

Associate Professor  in Geodynamics Department (UCM).
2004 – 2008

Lecturer  in Geodynamics Department (UCM).
1997 – 2004

Assistant Professor  in Geodynamics Department (UCM).
1992 – 1997