JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

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[EE] Poster

S (Solid Earth Sciences) » S-SS Seismology

[S-SS09] [EE] Rethinking PSHA

Wed. May 24, 2017 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL7)

[SSS09-P03] Systematic search for b-value anomalies in Japan

*John M. Aiken1, Fabrice Cotton1, Danijel Schorlemmer1, Takahiko Uchide2 (1.Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, 2.Geological Survey of Japan, AIST)

Keywords:seismology, b-value, statistics

Gutenberg-Richter b-values have been shown in case studies to be low prior to large earthquakes. However, a systematic study of b-values prior to large (>M6.5) earthquakes for a entire region has never been conducted. We systematically investigate the spatio-temporal evolution of b-values using a data-driven approach. Using the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) earthquake catalog, we explore b-values prior to major crustal earthquakes with M>6.5 in Japan that occurred during a 15 year period (late 2001 to late 2016). We calculated b-values in three dimensionally distributed grids using a parameter search (selection radius, time periods, etc.). We search for the appearance of b-value anomalies associated with large-magnitude earthquakes to develop a data-driven anomaly definition. These results will be used in designing a final model submitted to the Collaboratory for the Study of Earthquake Predictability (CSEP), Japan for testing.