A strong earthquake of Ms 6.5 occurred on the margin of the Tibetan plateau in a rural area of Ludian county (Fig. 1a), northeastern Yunnan Province, China, at 16:30 (Beijing Standard Time) on 03 August 2014. The epicenter (103.3° E, 27.1° N) was located at the intersection of the northwest‐striking Baogunao–Xiaohe and northeast‐trending Zhaotong–Ludian faults (Fig. 1b). The focal mechanisms of the mainshock and four strong aftershocks (Fig. 2) showed that this was a high dip angle, sinistral strike‐slip event (http://www.eq-igl.ac.cn/wwwroot/c_000000090001/d_1406.html, last accessed August 2014; http://comcat.cr.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000rzmg#scientific, last accessed September 2014; Fang et al....

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