Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 168, Issue 10, pp 1749–1758 | Cite as

Coseismic Slip from the 6 October 2008, M w6.3 Damxung Earthquake, Tibetan Plateau, Constrained by InSAR Observations

  • Xuejun Qiao
  • Shaomin Yang
  • Ruilin Du
  • Linlin Ge
  • Qi Wang


Coseismic deformation fields of the 6 October 2008 M w6.3 Damxung earthquake were obtained from interferometric synthetic aperture radar by using three descending and two ascending Envisat images. Significant coseismic surface deformation occurred within 20 km × 20 km of the epicenter with a maximum displacement of ~0.3 m along the satellite line of sight. We model a linear elastic dislocation in a homogeneous half space and use a nonlinear constraint optimized algorithm to estimate the fault location, geometry and slip distribution. The results indicate a moment magnitude M w6.3, and the earthquake is dominated by oblique normal and right-lateral slip with a maximum slip of 2.86 m at depth of 8 km. The rupture plane is about 15 km × 14 km with strike S190°W and dip 55° to NW, located at a secondary fault of the Southeastern Piedmont of the Nyainqentanglha Mountains. Slip on normal faults in the Tibetan Plateau contributes to the rift evolution.


InSAR Coseismic deformation Damxung earthquake Southeastern Piedmont of the Nyainqentanglha Mountains 



We are grateful to the ESA for providing Envisat images (C1P. 5070). This work is supported by NSFC (40774014, 40674054 and 40674009). Some figures are plotted by GMT software (Wessel and Smith, 1998). We thank four reviewers and the editor for their helpful comments to improve our manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xuejun Qiao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shaomin Yang
    • 2
  • Ruilin Du
    • 2
  • Linlin Ge
    • 3
  • Qi Wang
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of GeophysicsChina Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of SeismologyChina Earthquake AdministrationWuhanChina
  3. 3.School of Surveying and Spatial Information SystemsThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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