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APPLIED GEOPHYSICS  2018, Vol. 15 Issue (1): 137-146    DOI: 10.1007/s11770-018-0665-x
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Analyzing gravity anomaly variations before the 2016 Ms 6.4 earthquake in Menyuan, Qinghai with an interpolation/cutting potential field separation technique
Liu Jin-Zhao1,2, Wang Tong-Qing1, Chen Zhao-Hui1, Zhang Pin1, Zhu Chuan-Dong1,2, and Zhang Shuang-Xi1
1. First Crust Monitoring and Application Center, China Earthquake Administration, Tianjin, 300180, China.
2. Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, China Academy of Science, Wuhan, 430077, China.
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Abstract We evaluated 2011–2015 mobile relative gravity data from the Hexi monitoring network that covers the epicenter of the 2016 Menyuan Ms6.4 earthquake, Qinghai Province, China and examined the spatiotemporal characteristics of the gravity field at the focal depth. In addition, we assessed the regional gravity field and its variation the half-year before the earthquake. We use first different interpolation algorithms to build a grid for the gravity data and then introduce potential field interpolation–cutting separation techniques and adaptive noise filtering. The results suggest that the gravity filed at the focal depth of 11.12 km separated from the total gravity field at about −400~150 × 10−8 m/s2 in the second half of 2015, which is larger than that in the same period in 2011 to 2014 (±30 × 10−8 m/s2). Moreover, at the same time, the gravity field changed fast from September 2014 to May 2015 and May 2015 to September 2015, reflecting to some extent material migration deep in the crust before the Menyuan earthquake.
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Key wordsMenyuan   earthquake   gridding   denoising   potential field separation     
Received: 2016-10-31;

This work was supported by the Science for Earthquake Resilience (No. XH17058Y), Science and Technology Innovation Fund of the First Crust Monitoring and Application Center, CEA (No. FMC2016004) and Special Program for Basic Work of the Ministry of Science and Technology, China (No.2015FY210403).

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. Analyzing gravity anomaly variations before the 2016 Ms 6.4 earthquake in Menyuan, Qinghai with an interpolation/cutting potential field separation technique[J]. APPLIED GEOPHYSICS, 2018, 15(1): 137-146.
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