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Cao Y,Qian J W,Huang J P. 2021. P-wave velocity changes in the source area before and after two moderate strong earthquakes in Yingjiang, Yunnan in 2014. Acta Seismologica Sinica,43(6):690−705 doi: 10.11939/jass.20200214
Citation: Cao Y,Qian J W,Huang J P. 2021. P-wave velocity changes in the source area before and after two moderate strong earthquakes in Yingjiang, Yunnan in 2014. Acta Seismologica Sinica43(6):690−705 doi: 10.11939/jass.20200214

P-wave velocity changes in the source area before and after two moderate strong earthquakes in Yingjiang, Yunnan in 2014

doi: 10.11939/jass.20200214
  • Received Date: 2020-12-29
  • Rev Recd Date: 2021-03-29
  • Available Online: 2021-12-06
  • Publish Date: 2021-12-31
  • The time-lapse tomography method based on double-difference tomography can obtain high-precision seismic wave velocity changes. In this study, we applied this method to the seismic data set that recorded by the Yunnan seismic network to obtain the spatiotemporal changes of P-wave velocity in the source area during the MS5.6 and MS6.1 Yingjiang earthquakes in 2014. The results showed that the spatial and temporal characteristics of the P-wave velocity of the crust at depth around the source area suggest co-seismic velocity reductions. After the MS5.6 earthquake occurred on May 24, the P-wave velocity of the crust dropped slightly. After the MS6.1 earthquake occurred on May 30, the P-wave velocity dropped definitely with an amplitude of about 1%. It showed that the amplitude of the reduction is related to the magnitude of the mainshock. We also reported that P-wave velocity is also related to the the spatio-temporal changes of aftershocks distribution. It is possible that of dynamic and static stresses changes of the aftershocks caused changes of the physical properties in the source area which leads to the velocity change. Finally, about five years after the Yingjiang earthquakes, a healing process is observed. And the rising level did not reach the previous falling level. However, this does not mean that the source area is still in the healing process.


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