Coseismic slip distribution of the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake (M 9.0) estimated based on GPS data-Was the asperity in Miyagi-oki ruptured?

Takeshi Iinuma, Mako Ohzono, Yusaku Ohta, Satoshi Miura

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Abstract

We investigated the crustal deformation associated with the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake (M 9.0) that occurred on March 11, 2011, along the plate boundary off Tohoku district, northeastern Japan, based on dense GPS observation. Coseismic displacements due to this event were applied to estimate the causal interplate slip by means of a geodetic inversion analysis. The major slip area is located around the asperities of the 1981 Miyagi-oki (M 7.2) and 2003 Fukushima-oki (M 6.8) earthquakes and the maximum slip is estimated as being up to 35 m. The estimated slip distribution suggests that the asperities of the Miyagi-oki earthquake in 1978 (M 7.4) that had not been ruptured during the Miyagi-oki earthquake in 2005 were ruptured as a part of the main shock fault of the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-648
Number of pages6
Journalearth, planets and space
Volume63
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • 2011 off the pacific coast of tohoku earthquake
  • GPS
  • Interplate earthquake
  • Miyagi-oki earthquake
  • Slip distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Space and Planetary Science

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