Seismology Across the Northeastern Edge of the Tibetan Plateau

Zhao, W. and Brown, L. and Wu, Z. and Klemperer, S. L. and Shi, D. and Mechie, J. and Su, H. and Tilmann, F. J. and Karplus, M. S. and Makovsky, Y. (2008) Seismology Across the Northeastern Edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Eos, 89 (48). DOI 10.1029/2008EO480002.

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Abstract

On 12 May, a great earthquake (Ms = 8.0) on the Longmenshan thrust fault rumbled through China's Sichuan province, killing more than 69,000 people and injuring 374,000. The Longmenshan thrust is part of the eastern border of the Tibetan Plateau, but it is not the plateau's only restless margin. An even larger earthquake (Ms = 8.1) on the Kunlun fault shook northeastern Tibet in 2001, fortunately in a sparsely populated area. These massive quakes underscore the importance of understanding the tectonic response of Asia to collision by India.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 08AREP IA57 2008 P
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Journal or Publication Title: Eos
Volume: 89
Identification Number: 10.1029/2008EO480002.
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:04
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:54
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/840

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