Imaging of the early acceleration phase of the 2013-2014 Boso slow slip event

Jun'Ichi Fukuda, Aitaro Kato, Kazushige Obara, Satoshi Miura, Teruyuki Kato

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Abstract

We analyze GPS and seismic data to examine the spatiotemporal evolution of a slow slip event (SSE) near Boso Peninsula, central Japan, from December 2013 to January 2014. The evolution of this SSE and its associated seismicity is divided into two distinct phases. Slip initially accelerated slowly with low slip rates, low propagation speeds, and no accompanying seismicity during the early phase and then accelerated more rapidly with higher slip rates, a higher propagation speed, and local earthquake swarm activity during the later phase. The seismicity was highly correlated in space and time with slip rate, suggesting that the swarm activity was triggered by stress loading due to the slow slip. The transition from the slow to faster phase shares some similarities with the nucleation of megathrust earthquakes inferred from foreshock activities, suggesting that SSEs may provide insights into the nucleation of large earthquakes. Key PointsBoso slow slip comprised early slow acceleration and later faster slip phasesSlip propagation speed accelerated simultaneously with the onset of faster slipSlow slip was accompanied by earthquake swarm only during the faster slip phase

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7493-7500
Number of pages8
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume41
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 16

Keywords

  • GPS
  • earthquake swarm activity
  • inversion
  • slow slip event

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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