A Mw 6.2 earthquake struck Ludian County at 08:30:11 UTC (16:30:10.2 local time) on 3 August 2014 and is one of the most destructive earthquakes that has occurred on an unmapped active fault east of the Xianshuihe–Xiaojiang fault system between the Chuandian rhomb block (the Sichuan–Yunnan block), southeastern Tibetan plateau, and the South China block, a stable tectonic terrain (Fig. 1; Wen et al., 2013; X. Xu, Jiang, et al., 2014; Cheng et al., 2015). Its hypocenter is located at 27.11° N, 103.35° E, at a depth of ∼12  km, adjacent to...

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