Using Daily Observations from Planet Labs Satellite Imagery to Separate the...

Milliner, C., and A. Donnellan (2022), Using Daily Observations from Planet Labs Satellite Imagery to Separate the Surface Deformation between the 4 July Mw 6.4 Foreshock and 5 July Mw 7.1 Mainshock during the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence Chris Milliner*1 and Andrea Donnellan1, Seismol. Res. Lett. XX, Using Daily Observat, 1-12, doi:10.1785/0220190271.

On 4 July 2019, the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence began with a series of foreshocks including an M w 6.4 event near Searles Valley, California. This was then followed 34 hr later by an M w 7.1 mainshock located just 15 km to the north, with the earthquake sequence resulting in a complex array of intersecting faults. This earthquake sequence poses several interesting questions including, did the stress changes induced by the M w 6.4 foreshock trigger the Mw 7.1 mainshock and what possible mechanism(s) could explain the occurrence of widespread secondary faulting surrounding both surface ruptures? However, most of the geodetic data (such as Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, light detection and ranging, and optical satellite imagery) were acquired after both events had occurred making it difficult to discern which surface fractures happened when and their possible triggering mechanism. Here, we provide a dataset composed of high-resolution optical imagery, pixel-value difference maps, .kmz fracturing mapping, and horizontal deformation maps derived from subpixel image correlation, which can uniquely separate the surface fracturing and deformation between the foreshock and mainshock events that can help answer these questions. Separate imaging of the events is made possible by the daily acquisition of optical imagery by the Planet

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