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RIVER OFFSET AND SLIP RATE OF THE EAST SEGMENT OF ALTUN TAGH FAULT ZONE SINCE QUATERNARY

Xiang Hongfa Guo Shunmin Zhang Wanxia Zhang Bingliang (Institute of Geology, China Seismological Bureau, Beijing 100029)  
Based on the gradation of stream and ridge offset and the dating of terrace sediments in a distance of 150km from Hongyaza in the west of Akesai eastward to Subei and Hongliuxiakou, the river offsets in Quaternary can be divided into 8 grades and their formation dates are acquired. The fault slip rates in different segments range 4.7~6.7mm/a. The average value is 6.0mm/a. As to the local section in a short period, the maximum slip rate can be 7.7mm/a. The distribution of offsets and slip rates shows that they are large at the middle and small at the ends, which may demonstrates that rupture initiates from the middle and develops towards the ends. The slip rate in Pliocene is larger than other epoches, which may be related to the quick lifting of Qinghai Tibetan block since 5Ma B.P. and the large scale of escaping. Data show that fault rupture begins at the main fault, then extends to the vicinity and goes back the main fault.
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