JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[EJ] Oral

S (Solid Earth Sciences) » S-SS Seismology

[S-SS12] [EJ] Active faults and paleoseismology

Tue. May 23, 2017 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM A04 (Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall)

convener:Mamoru Koarai(Earth Science course, College of Science, Ibaraki University), Nobuhiko Sugito(Faculty of Humanity and Environment, Hosei University), Nobuhisa Matsuta(Okayama University Graduate School of Education), Ken-ichi Yasue(Japan Atomic Energy Agency), Chairperson:HISAO KONDO(Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), Chairperson:Tatsuya Ishiyama(Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo)

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

[SSS12-15] Thrust-related structural characters of the Morimoto-Togashi Fault revealed by high-resolution shallow seismic reflection profiling

*Tatsuya Ishiyama1, Naoko Kato1, Hiroshi Sato1, Shigeru Toda (1.Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo)

Keywords:seismic reflection profile, Sea of Japan

We collected ca. 7.3 km long, onshore high-resolution two dimensional (2D) seismic reflection and refraction data across the Morimoto-Togashi Fault, active thrust fault within a failed rift system in the Sea of Japan. The processing of the seismic reflection data underpinned by shallow P-wave velocity structures determined from refraction travel time tomography illuminates the detailed subsurface structure to depth of ca. 3 km. The preliminary interpreted depth-converted section correlated with nearby Neogene stratigraphy indicates moderately east-dipping thrust fault plane overlain by monocline comprised by Plesitocene to Pliocene sedimentary units. We will mainly discuss (1) the shallow structural characteristics of the active thrust based on our interpretation of the 2D seismic data in combination with the Neogene stratigraphy, (2) fault activity based on growth architecture and fold scarp morphology, and (3) and implications for regional tectonic setting especially associated with reactivation of the failed rift zone. In any case this example successfully shows high-resolution 2D seismic reflection imaging with dense and numerous seismic recorders to be a useful tool in defining otherwise inaccessible active blind faults and their recent fault activity.