[SCG66-P02] Mechanisms and distribution of deep Earthquakes in the subducting Pacific slab beneath Japan
Keywords:deep earthquake, slab
First, we read P-wave polarities and determined focal mechanism solutions of the earthquakes. Next, we relocated hypocenters by using picked arrival times of both P and S waves with double-difference earthquake relocation algorithm (Waldhauser and Ellsworth, 2000). The relocated hypocenters did not show a double-planed seismicity as that observed in Iidaka and Furukawa (1994). In the next step, we will relocate the earthquakes with differential travel-time data derived from waveform cross correlations to constrain hypocenter locations with much higher accuracy. We will present detailed hypocenter distributions together with focal mechanism solutions, and discuss a plausible mechanism that facilitates deep earthquakes in the mantle transition zone.