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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2022-114
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2022-114
31 Mar 2022
 | 31 Mar 2022
Status: this discussion paper is a preprint. It has been under review for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS). The manuscript was not accepted for further review after discussion.

Spatiotemporial seismicity pattern of the Taiwan orogen

Yi-Ying Wen, Chien-Chih Chen, Strong Wen, and Wei-Tsen Lu

Abstract. We investigate the temporal and spatial seismicity patterns prior to eight M > 6 events nucleating in different region of Taiwan through region-time-length algorithm and analysis of self-organizing spinodal model. Our results reveal that the spatiotemporial seismicity variations during the preparation process of impending earthquakes would display distinctive pattern corresponding to the tectonic setting. Q-type events occur in southern Taiwan and experience seismic quiescence stage prior to the mainshock. Seismicity decrease of 2.5 < M < 4.5 events around the high b-value southern Central Range, which contributes to accumulate the tectonic stress for preparing the occurrence of the Q-type event. On the other hand, A-type events occur in central Taiwan and experience seismic activation stage prior to the mainshock, which nucleated on the edge of the seismic activation area. We should pay attention when accelerating seismicity of 3 < M < 5 events appears within the low b-value area, which would promote the nucleation process of the A-type event.

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Yi-Ying Wen, Chien-Chih Chen, Strong Wen, and Wei-Tsen Lu

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Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2022-114', Anonymous Referee #1, 18 Apr 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Yi-Ying Wen, 03 Jun 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on nhess-2022-114', Anonymous Referee #2, 21 Apr 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Yi-Ying Wen, 03 Jun 2022

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2022-114', Anonymous Referee #1, 18 Apr 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Yi-Ying Wen, 03 Jun 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on nhess-2022-114', Anonymous Referee #2, 21 Apr 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Yi-Ying Wen, 03 Jun 2022
Yi-Ying Wen, Chien-Chih Chen, Strong Wen, and Wei-Tsen Lu
Yi-Ying Wen, Chien-Chih Chen, Strong Wen, and Wei-Tsen Lu

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Knowing the spatiotemporial seismicity patterns prior to impending large earthquakes might help to the earthquake hazard assessment. Several recent moderate earthquakes occurred in the various regions of Taiwan, which help to further investigate the spatiotemporal seismic pattern related to the regional tectonic stress. We should pay attention when seismicity decrease of 2.5 < M < 4.5 events around southern Central Range, or the accelerating seismicity of 3 < M < 5 events appears in central Taiwan.
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