Simple Models of Complex Slip Distribution? A Case Study of the 2011 Mw 7.1 Van (Eastern Turkey) Earthquake

  • Jiawei Li
  • Zhongliang WuEmail author
  • Changsheng Jiang
  • Shiyong Zhou
  • Yan Zhang


We evaluate the presently proposed simple models for slip distribution, including the homogeneous slip model, the triangular slip model, the k-square model, the slip tip taper model, and the restricted stochastic source model, to investigate which is most consistent with ‘real-world’ slip distribution inverted. We take the 2011 Van (Eastern Turkey) Mw 7.1 earthquake as an example, considering six inversion results of slip distribution. The Akaike information criterion (AIC) is used to evaluate the models. The evaluation shows that for six inversion results, qualitatively, the k-square model, with three degrees of freedom, seems most consistent with the real-world slip distribution overall.


Earthquake rupture process slip distribution source inversion validation (SIV) Akaike information criterion (AIC) 2011 Van (Eastern Turkey) earthquake 



We thank Prof. Max Wyss for helpful remarks on the text. We thank Prof. Lisheng Xu, Prof. Yong Zhang and Dr. Xu Zhang for discussions about the finite-fault seismic source inversion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiawei Li
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Zhongliang Wu
    • 4
    Email author
  • Changsheng Jiang
    • 1
  • Shiyong Zhou
    • 2
  • Yan Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Earth and Space SciencesPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Swiss Seismological Service, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  4. 4.Institute of Earthquake Forecasting, China Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina

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