JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

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[EE] Poster

S (Solid Earth Sciences) » S-SS Seismology

[S-SS04] [EE] Subduction zone dynamics from regular earthquakes through slow earthquakes to creep

Wed. May 24, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL7)

convener:Kyuichi Kanagawa(Graduate School of Science, Chiba University), Kazushige Obara(Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo), Demian M Saffer(Pennsylvania State University), Laura Wallace(University of Texas Institute for Geophysics)

[SSS04-P50] The fluid flux and fault rock development along the subduction seismogenic Okitsu Fault, Shimanto accretionary complex, SW Japan

*Arito Sakaguchi1,5, Haruka Yamaguchi2, Ryoji Takami3, Takamasa Kanaya4 (1.Yamaguchi Univ., 2.Okayama Univ., 3.Kowa-giken corporation, 4.Brown Univ., 5.JAMSTEC)

Keywords:accretionary complex, seismogenic fault, fluid

The Okitsu Fault is pseudotachylyte bearing ancient seismogenic fault of the Shimanto accretionary complex, SW Japan. This paper discusses the relationship between fluid flux and fault rock development. The structural analysis revealed that the Okitsu Fault develops at the roof thrust of the duplex structure of the Okitsu Mélange. Among the mélange zone, the rock around the Okitsu Fault has suffered high temperature, and the fault zone is characterized by many vein minerals and altered basalt blocks. Hydrothermal activity along the fault zone likely transfer the heat from the deep. The fault rock seems to be developed with fluid flow. The hydro-fracturing, vein mineral precipitation and pressure solution deformations are occurred at thick fault area. This fault thickness may vary with fluid flux. The CO2 flux along the fault zone is estimated from the alteration grade of the basalt blocks within the fault zone. More than 118 kmol/m2 of CO2 fluid flux was obtained in thick fault zone, and it drops in thinner fault zone. Such partial distribution of fluid flux implies that the fluid pathway may have existed at same location historically along the fault. The fluid pathway possibly concern with fault rock asperity.