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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 35-44, 2013
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Research article
09 Jan 2013
Coseismic slip in the 2010 Yushu earthquake (China), constrained by wide-swath and strip-map InSAR
Y. Wen1,2,3, C. Xu1, Y. Liu1, G. Jiang1, and P. He1 1School of Geodesy and Geomatics, Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430079, China
2Key Laboratory of Geospace Environment and Geodesy, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430079, China
3Key Laboratory for Land Environment and Disaster Monitoring of National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, 221116, China
Abstract. On 14 April 2010, an Mw = 6.9 earthquake occurred in the Yushu county of China, which caused ~3000 people to lose their lives. Integrated with the information from the observed surface ruptures and aftershock locations, the faulting pattern of this earthquake is derived from the descending wide-swath and ascending strip mode PALSAR data collected by ALOS satellite. We used a layered crustal model and stress drop smoothing constraint to infer the coseismic slip distribution. Our model suggests that the earthquake fault can be divided into four segments and the slip mainly occurs within the upper 12 km with a maximum slip of 2.0 m at depth of 3 km on the Jiegu segment. The rupture of the upper 12 km is dominated by left-lateral strike-slip motion. The relatively small slip along the SE region of Yushu segment suggests a slip deficit there. The inverted geodetic moment is approximately Mw = 6.9, consistent with the seismological results. The average stress drop caused by the earthquake is about 2 MPa with a maximum stress drop of 8.3 MPa. Furthermore, the calculated static Coulomb stress changes in surrounding regions show increased Coulomb stress occurred in the SE region along the Yushu segment but with less aftershock, indicating an increased seismic hazard in this region after the earthquake.

Citation: Wen, Y., Xu, C., Liu, Y., Jiang, G., and He, P.: Coseismic slip in the 2010 Yushu earthquake (China), constrained by wide-swath and strip-map InSAR, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 35-44, doi:10.5194/nhess-13-35-2013, 2013.
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