Articles | Volume 11, issue 7
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1969–1981, 2011

Special issue: Progress in research on earthquake precursors

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 1969–1981, 2011

Research article 14 Jul 2011

Research article | 14 Jul 2011

Time-lapse slip variation associated with a medium-size earthquake revealed by "repeating" micro-earthquakes: the 1999 Xiuyan, Liaoning, MS = 5.4 earthquake

Y. T. Li1,2, Z. L. Wu1, H. P. Peng1, C. S. Jiang1, and G. P. Li2 Y. T. Li et al.
  • 1Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing 100081, China
  • 2Earthquake Administration of Liaoning Province, Shenyang 110034, China

Abstract. We obtained the time-lapse cumulative slip before and after the 29 November 1999, Xiuyan, Liaoning, China, Ms = 5.4 earthquake by using "repeating events" defined by waveform cross-correlation. We used the seismic waveform data from the Liaoning Regional Seismograph Network from June 1999 to December 2006. Two "multiplets" located near the seismogenic fault of the 1999 Xiuyan earthquake and the 4 February 1975, Haicheng Ms = 7.3 earthquake, respectively, were investigated. For the "multiplet" that occurred before and after the 1999 Xiuyan earthquake, apparent pre-shock accelerating-like slip behavior, clear immediate-post-seismic change, and relaxation-like post-seismic change can be observed. As a comparison, for the "multiplet" near the 1975 Haicheng earthquake which occurred a quarter century ago, the cumulative slip appears linear with a much smaller slip rate.