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China is a country of intense intracontinental seismicity. Most earthquakes in western China occur within the diffuse Indo-Eurasian plate-boundary zone, which extends thousands of kilometers into Asia. Earthquakes in eastern China mainly occur within the North China block, which is part of the Archean Sino-Korean craton that has been thermally rejuvenated since late Mesozoic. Here, we summarize neotectonic and geodetic results of crustal kinematics and explore their implications for geodynamics and seismicity using numerical modeling. Quaternary fault movements and global positioning system (GPS) measurements indicate a strong influence of the Indo-Asian collision on crustal motion in continental China. Using a...

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