Acta Seismologica Sinica

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 322–333 | Cite as

Assessing current faulting behaviors and seismic risk of the Anninghe-Zemuhe fault zone from seismicity parameters

  • Yi Gui-xi 
  • Wen Xue-ze 
  • Fan Jun 
  • Wang Si-wei 


Using the data of regional seismic network, this paper analyzes the current faulting behaviors of different segments of the Anninghe-Zemuhe fault zone, western Sichuan, and identifies the likely risky segments for potential large earthquakes. The authors map the probable asperities from the abnormally low b-value distribution, develop and employ a method for identifying current faulting behaviors of individual fault segment from the combinations of multiple seismicity parameter values, and make an effort to estimate the average recurrence intervals of characteristic earthquakes by using the parameters of magnitude-frequency relationship of the asperity segment. The result suggests that the studied fault zone contains 5 segments of different current faulting behaviors. Among them, the Mianning-Xichang segment of the Anninghe fault has been locked under high stress, its central part is probably an asperity with a relatively large scale. The Xichang-Puge segment of the Zemuhe fault displays very low seismicity under low stress. Both the locked segment and the low-seismicity segment can be outlined on the across-profile of relocated hypocenter depths. The Mianning-Xichang segment is identified to be the one with potential large earthquake risk, for which the average recurrence interval between the latest M=6.7 earthquake in 1952 and the next characteristic event is estimated to be 55 to 67 years, and the magnitude of the potential earthquake between 7.0 and 7.5. Also, it has been preliminarily suggested that for a certain fault segment, its faulting behaviors may change and evolve with time gradually.

Key words

seismicity parameter faulting behavior asperity potential seismic risk Anninghe-Zemuhe fault zone 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yi Gui-xi 
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wen Xue-ze 
    • 2
  • Fan Jun 
    • 2
  • Wang Si-wei 
    • 2
  1. 1.Chengdu University of TechnologyChengduChina
  2. 2.Earthquake Administration of Sichuan ProvinceChengduChina

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