Tree-Ring Abnormality Caused by Large Earthquake: An Example From the 1931 M 8.0 Fuyun Earthquake

  • Aiming Lin
  • Su-Juan Lin
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 41)


Large earthquakes of magnitude >6–7 with shallow focus depths can produce distinctive co-seismic surface ruptures and cause strong ground deformation, which frequently damages trees or alters their environment along pre-existing active faults (e.g. Jacoby et al. 1997; Lin and Lin 1998). Trees along active fault zones, therefore, are potential sources of information on paleoseismic faulting. Such evidence could lead to improved estimates of the recurrence interval of large magnitude earthquakes, characteristic displacements and seismic hazards in areas with no historical record.


Fault Zone Seismic Hazard Active Fault Large Earthquake Tree Ring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Science and TechnologyShizuoka UniversityShizuokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Biological Science, Faculty of Life and Environmental ScienceShimane UniversityMatsueJapan

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