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[SSS05-10] Significant Decrease of Seismicity in the Northeastern Margin of the Japan Sea after the Mega Thrust Event on Mar. 11, 2011
Keywords:Relative Quiescence of Seismicity, Northeastern Margin of the Japan Sea, Seismic gap off Akita City
The 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku dramatically changed the seismicity in and around Japan, especially in the northeastern Japan. For example, many shallow earthquakes now frequently occur in the north Ibaraki area and Iwaki area, where the seismicity had been very low before the 2011 mega thrust event. The area currently showing the relative quiescence includes the seismic gap between the source areas of M7.7 1983 central part of the Japan Sea earthquake and M7.8 1833 Tenpo off Dewa district earthquake, without any known large event for the recent 400 years (e.g. Matsu’ura et al, 2012).
Since JMA finished the revision of the hypocenter catalogue, which had been delayed after 2011, by the end of March in 2014, we used the JMA catalog for the period from October 1997 to January 2017. To avoid the intentional area or event selections, we firstly analyzed the whole earthquakes of M=2.5 and larger and depth=60km and shallower within the wide area of (37°N, 137°E) –(41.6°N, 140.1°E), where some major activities before 2011 and induced events after 2011 are included. Even though, it is apparent that the seismicity decreased since 2013 in that wide area. If the analyzed area is set narrower around the gap, it becomes clearer. In the figure 4(A) of Ogata (2011) showed the apparent relative quiescence prior to the M7.7 1983 event and M7.8 1993 event in the same region. We cannot conclude now whether the current quiescence represents the same physical status as those prior to 1983 and 1993 cases, or just shows the weakened compressional stress field in the northeastern margin of the Japan Sea due to the 2011 event. However, we should watch the area and search other clue to obtain the answer.
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