This study used the double-difference seismic tomography method to obtain the upper crustal velocity structure in Laizhou Bay and its adjacent areas (LBAA). We found that the horizontal and vertical distributions of the earthquakes after relocation in earthquake swarms are more concentrative than that before relocation. The lateral heterogeneity of crustal velocity structure near the surface in the LBAA is weak, and the low-velocity sedimentary caprocks are developed in most areas except for the Jiaobei uplift. The velocity structure in 5–25 km depth range is highly heterogeneity, which is closely related to different tectonic units. The local uplift tectonic units in Jiyang depression show high-velocity anomalies and should have deep crustal media properties. The high-velocity anomalies under the crust of Tancheng–Lujiang fault zone and the northern Laizhou Bay indicate the properties of upwelling mantle material media. Earthquake swarms activity in the study area are mainly concentrated in the high-velocity interlayer of the upper crust and its periphery. Compared with the relatively stable high-velocity body at the bottom crust, the location of high-velocity interlayer in the study area is more prone to earthquakes under the combined action of gravity and tectonic stress.
"Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica" – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 1, 2020