Spatiotemporal Characteristics of Tectonic Tremors in the Collisional Orogen of Taiwan

Satoshi Ide*, Kate Huihsuan Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Taiwan offers a distinctive tectonic setting as a collisional orogen, ideal for studying tectonic tremors and the slow deformation process in the mountain-building process. Using continuous seismic data at many stations, which have become available recently, and employing the envelope correlation method, we detected ∼7,000 tremor events from 2012 to 2022, with waveform characteristics similar to tectonic tremors worldwide. Beyond the previously known tremor zone beneath the southern Central Range, where newly detected tremors align along a low-angle thrust plane, we identified several new tremor “hotspots” spanning 200 km along the mountain belt. These hotspots are situated at the termination of the subducting slabs and around the deep (25–50 km) extension of the Central Range fault, where repeating earthquakes occur at a depth of 10–25 km. Our findings suggest a strong linkage between the tremor generation mechanism and the mountain-building process, potentially influenced by underground fluid and temperature anomalies.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2023GL106759
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Feb 28


  • Taiwan
  • mountain-building
  • repeating earthquakes
  • seismic data
  • tectonic tremor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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