Research on distinguishing method and mechanism of tidal deformation anomalies before large earthquakes

Jing Zhang*, Ronghua Chen, Linzhang Yang, Ping Ji

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By analyzing the digital tilt tidal observations at Yongsheng station and strain tidal observations at Houma station, this paper suggests that tiny abrupt deformation might be triggered by the solid tidal force when the seismogenic system enters into an instable critical state. The step and abrupt changes correlate to a certain extent to the direction of tidal force and the orientation & size of tidal shear stress along the fault strike. In the paper, we study for the first time the relationship between deformation anomaly and additional tidal force in order to approach the physical mechanism of anomalies appeared immediately before earthquakes and the distinguishing method.

Original languageChinese
Pages (from-to)156-157
Number of pages2
JournalActa Seismologica Sinica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Deformation anomaly
  • Tidal force
  • Trigger

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