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Crustal Dynamics: Toward Integrated View of Island Arc Seismogenesis

Recent deployments of dense seismic and geodetic observation networks have revealed a detailed pattern of crustal stress and strain rate in tectonically active regions all over the world. Furthermore, the M9.0 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake provided a unique opportunity to investigate how the Japanese Islands' crust responds to instantaneous as well as transient stress changes due to the giant fault motion. With these precious observations, now is the time to proceed toward integrated understanding of dynamic processes in the Earth's crust, such as great earthquakes and various related phenomena in a variety of spatial and temporal scales. This special issue aims to bring state-of-the-art research results together to promote multidisciplinary collaborative investigation for better understanding of crustal dynamics or earthquake generation process in the island arc system.

Edited by: Toru Matsuzawa, Ichiko Shimizu, Takuya Nishimura, Christopher J. Spiers, Junichi Nakajima, Tatsuhiko Kawamoto

  1. Recent global navigation satellite system (GNSS) data for the Japanese Islands have revealed a high-strain-rate region suggesting the existence of a region of broad-scale crustal deformation. The Niigata–Kobe ...

    Authors: Tomonori Tamura, Kiyokazu Oohashi, Makoto Otsubo, Ayumu Miyakawa and Masakazu Niwa

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:7

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  2. Along subduction interfaces or some major faults, a seismogenic layer in the upper crust is underlain by a zone of slow-slip events (SSEs) and tremors, and seismicity disappears at greater depths. The transiti...

    Authors: Yuki Miyake and Hiroyuki Noda

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:137

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  3. We evaluated water distributions in deformed quartz in schists along the Asemi River, Central Shikoku, in the Sanbagawa Metamorphic Belt, Japan, using infrared spectroscopic (IR) mapping. The water trapped in ...

    Authors: Jun-ichi Fukuda and Ichiko Shimizu

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:136

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  4. We investigated temporal changes in the waveforms of S-coda from triggered earthquakes around the Moriyoshi-zan volcano in northeastern Japan. Seismicity in the area has drastically increased after the 2011 of...

    Authors: Yuta Amezawa, Masahiro Kosuga and Takuto Maeda

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:132

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  5. The large slip along the shallow subduction interface during the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake (Mw9.0) caused a huge tsunami that struck the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Ex...

    Authors: Jun Kameda, Masaoki Uno, Marianne Conin, Kohtaro Ujiie, Yohei Hamada and Gaku Kimura

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:131

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  6. Elastic wave velocity and electrical conductivity in a brine-saturated granitic rock were measured under confining pressures of up to 150 MPa and microstructure of pores was examined with SEM on ion-milled sur...

    Authors: Tohru Watanabe, Miho Makimura, Yohei Kaiwa, Guillaume Desbois, Kenta Yoshida and Katsuyoshi Michibayashi

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:129

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  7. The 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, whose main shock was an M7.3 event on April 16, 2016, 28 h after a foreshock of M6.5, caused severe damage in and around Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. It also caused postseismic hyd...

    Authors: Naoji Koizumi, Shinsuke Minote, Tatsuya Tanaka, Azumi Mori, Takumi Ajiki, Tsutomu Sato, Hiroshi A. Takahashi and Norio Matsumoto

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:128

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  8. A long linear distribution of epicenters is seen along the Japan Sea coast in the San-in district located in southwestern Japan. This linear distribution of epicenters is called the seismic belt in the San-in ...

    Authors: Hiroo Tsuda, Yoshihisa Iio and Takuo Shibutani

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:109

    Content type: Express Letter

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  9. In this study, we investigated the influence of local structural heterogeneities on aftershocks of the 2008 Iwate–Miyagi Nairiku earthquake (M 7.2) that occurred in the northeastern Japan arc. Although this ar...

    Authors: Sumire Maeda, Toru Matsuzawa, Keisuke Yoshida, Tomomi Okada and Takeyoshi Yoshida

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:94

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  10. We have analyzed the temporal variation in coda Q in the northeastern part of an inland high strain rate zone, the Niigata–Kobe Tectonic Zone (NKTZ), in central Japan, to investigate the response of coda Q to the...

    Authors: Masanobu Dojo and Yoshihiro Hiramatsu

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:32

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