The China Earthquake Administration has currently launched an ambitious nationwide seismicity monitoring network project that will increase the number of stations from ∼950 to 2000 for the broadband seismic stations used to compile the earthquake catalog. The new network is planned to go online by the end of 2023. For more than half of Chinese mainland, the interstation distance of the broadband seismic network will soon be smaller than 100 km, for 27% smaller than 50 km, and for 6% smaller than 25 km. Of all possible ways to characterize the higher‐resolution monitoring of the frequent smaller earthquakes expected inside Chinese mainland, the completeness magnitude (Mc) remains one of the most commonly used. Using the prior model of the Bayesian magnitude of completeness method calibrated on the Chinese earthquake catalog from 1 January 2009 to 26 June 2022, we predict the spatial distribution of Mc for the new network based on the planned network configuration. If almost the entire Chinese mainland is at present covered down to Mc=3.3, this threshold will fall to Mc=2.9 in the near future. This means approximately two times more earthquakes will be recorded in the complete catalog available for statistical analysis per year (for a = 6.77 and b = 0.80 in the Gutenberg–Richter law log10N=ab·M, in which N represents the number of events of magnitude larger than or equal to M and MMc). Based on the observation that abnormal seismicity as precursors are most likely to be observed at least at three units below the mainshock magnitude, and assuming earthquakes to be potentially damaging at M ≥ 5, the new seismic network shall achieve the goal of 76% coverage for optimal seismic‐based earthquake prediction research.

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