Abstract

On 8 August 2017, an Ms 6.6 earthquake occurred in the northeastern Tien Shan orogenic belt. To reveal the source characteristics of this earthquake completely, the teleseismic and near‐field seismic waveform data were collected as well as the coseismic Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar displacement data, and the methods of the backprojection and the finite‐fault joint inversion were adopted. The backprojection of the teleseismic recordings indicates a unilateral rupture propagating 15 km westward. Two stages of the rupture were recognized from the backprojection results: in the first 5  s, the rupture took place near the hypocenter, with an accelerating energy release but a small rupture velocity; then the rupture extended to the west, with a decelerating energy release but a relatively fast rupture velocity. The joint inversion of the multiple datasets shows a major slip asperity of about 24  km×18  km. The asperity extended mainly to the west, with a duration of approximately 10 s. The average rupture velocity over the asperity was estimated to be approximately 2.0  km/s, which is close to that 1.9  km/s estimated by the backprojection. It is interesting that the high‐frequency sources were aligned almost on the margin of the slip asperity. Moreover, the occurrence of the earthquake sequence is found to relate with the low‐VP/VS zone, implying a tectonic property, which controls the nucleation and rupture of earthquakes.

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