Journal of Earth Science

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 441–451 | Cite as

New Progress in Paleoearthquake Studies of the East Sertengshan Piedmont Fault, Inner Mongolia, China

  • Zhongtai He
  • Baoqi Ma
  • Jianyu Long
  • Jinyan Wang
  • Hao Zhang
Seismology

Abstract

The two eastern segments of the Sertengshan piedmont fault have moved considerably since the Holocene. Several paleoseismic events have occurred along the fault since 30 ka BP. Paleoearthquake studies have been advanced by digging new trenches and combining the results with the findings of previous studies. Comprehensive analyses of the trenches revealed that 6 paleoseismic events have occurred on the Kuoluebulong segment since approximately 30 ka BP within the following successive time periods: 19.01–37.56, 18.73, 15.03–15.86, 10.96, 5.77–6.48, and 2.32 ka BP. The analyses also revealed that 6 paleoseismic events have occurred on the Dashetai segment since approximately 30 ka BP, and the successive occurrence times are 29.07, 19.12–28.23, 13.92–15.22, 9.38–9.83, 6.08–8.36, and 3.59 ka BP. The results indicate that quasi-periodic recurrences occurred along the two segments with an approximate 4 000 a mean recurrence interval. The consistent timing of the 6 events between the two segments indicates that the segments might conform to the cascade rupturing model between the two segments. As recorded by a large number of Chinese historical texts, the latest event on the Kuoluebulong segment is the historical M 8.0 earthquake occurred on November 11, 7 BC.

Key words

active fault Sertengshan piedmont fault fault segmentation paleoearthquake 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was supported by the Institute of Crustal Dynamics, China Earthquake Administration (No. ZDJ2016-11), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41602221) and the 1 : 50 000 Geological Mapping of the Sertengshan Piedmont Fault (No. 201408023). The OSL samples were analyzed by Dr. Junxiang Zhao at the Key Laboratory of Crustal Dynamics, Institute of Crustal Dynamics, China Earthquake Administration. We thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on the manuscript. The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/s12583-017-0937-z

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Crustal Dynamics, Institute of Crustal DynamicsChina Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Earthquake Engineering for Jiangsu ProvinceNanjingChina

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