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[SCG63-06] Fluid path in the lower crust
Keywords:fluid, lower crust, low frequency earthquake, fault, reflector
In this study, in order to clarify geofluid paths from mantle to seismogenic faults and its role on earthquake generation, we estimated detailed crustal structures mainly by an S-wave reflection analysis using waveforms of natural earthquakes. Since we used the data from the dense seismic network operated by the “manten” project, we estimated relative reflection strengths with a very fine scale of 1.5km in the lower crust.
It is found that near the Moho discontinuity, regions of high reflection strengths are limited at several sites in a region of about 50km x 50km in the central to northern Kinki district in Japan. Further, it is found that low frequency earthquakes (LFE) occur near most of those regions near the Moho discontinuity, and that high reflectivity regions extend from those locations of LFE to the seismogenic fault. These results suggest that fluid paths are limited from mantle to crust and that low frequency earthquakes can be an index of these fluid paths.