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[SCG57-11] 3-D Resistivity imaging of source regions of the Iwaki normal faulting sequences
Keywords:3-D resistivity structure, source region of the Iwaki earthquake, localized crustal fluids
After estimating impedance tensors and induction vectors with the aid of the BIRRP code (Chave and Thomson, 2004), a 3-D phase tensor (PT) and induction vector (IV) inversion code was applied to the dataset. In order to investigate the influence of the initial model on the final structural model, we did several inversion runs with initial resistivity values ranging from 20 to 2000 Ohm-m. All the inversion runs could get respective final models with RMS of around 2. Although some differences in the final models are detected, overall characteristics and scales (in length and intensity) are similar for all the final models. Generally, induced earthquakes are distributed in the higher electrical resistivity zones. We delineated a separate low-resistivity anomaly directly beneath the hypocenter of the largest earthquake in the sequence (the M7.0 Iwaki earthquake), indicating crustal fluids in this region. Together with previously obtained seismic image (Kato et al., 2013), we hypothesize that strong crust underwent structural failure due to the infiltration of crustal fluids into the seismogenic zone from deeper levels, or stress accumulation on the edge of the isolated weak portion, causing the Iwaki earthquake.