Following the devastating 2008 Wenchuan earthquake that ruptured the central–northern segments of the Longmenshan fault in Sichuan, China, many studies assessed its impact on other major faults in this region (e.g., Parsons et al., 2008; Toda et al., 2008). On 20 April 2013, the Mw 6.6 Lushan earthquake ruptured the southern segment of the Longmenshan fault, allowing these assessments to be tested.

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The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (Mw 7.9) came as a surprise, because the Longmenshan fault zone, which separates the growing Tibetan Plateau from the rigid Sichuan basin (Fig. 1), slips slowly...

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