Articles | Volume 11, issue 7
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. Li, Z. L. Wu, H. P. Peng, C. S. Jiang, and G. P. Li

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.