Ambient noise tomography in the Naruko/Onikobe volcanic area, NE Japan: Implications for geofluids and seismic activity 4. Seismology

Jun Tamura, Tomomi Okada

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Abstract

To understand the earthquake generation in volcanic areas, it is important to investigate the presence of geofluids in the uppermost crust. We applied ambient noise tomography to the Naruko/Onikobe volcanic area and constructed a detailed 3-D S-wave velocity (V s) model using continuous records from a dense seismic network and surrounding stations. The low-velocity zones were found beneath Naruko Volcano, Onikobe Caldera, and Mt. Kurikoma. The low-velocity zone beneath Onikobe Caldera may correspond to a magma reservoir, which is also characterized by surrounding S-wave reflectors. The molten magma originates from the upwelling flows in the mantle wedge. We also conducted the relocation of aftershocks of the 2008 Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku earthquake by double-difference tomography based on the obtained velocity model. Beneath Mt. Kurikoma, aftershock distribution delineates one of the unfavorably oriented fault planes of the main shock, which implies that the low-velocity zone around the fault plane is related to the presence of overpressurized fluid.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Journalearth, planets and space
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1

Keywords

  • 2008 Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku earthquake
  • Ambient noise tomography
  • Geofluids
  • Naruko Volcano

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Space and Planetary Science

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