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Structures, Earthquakes and Tsunami Hazards in the Sea of Japan

Earth, Planets and Space welcomes submissions to this special issue on “Structures, Earthquakes and Tsunami Hazards in the Sea of Japan”.
The Sea of Japan is underlain by back-arc basins above the westerly subducting Pacific plate and exhibits intense tectonic activities so that its coastal regions have sustained serious damages by repeated large historic earthquakes and induced tsunamis. Devastating tsunami and earthquake damages by the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake motivated to quantitative estimation of seismic and tsunami hazards of the Japanese coasts including this region, where distribution and geometries of offshore active faults, crust-mantle structures, and timing of past tsunamis still remained less understood. Recent advances in structures and rheology of crust and upper mantle, seismic activities, crustal deformation, and active tectonics of the Sea of Japan region, partly promoted by the 8-year MEXT project called “Integrated Research Project on Seismic and Tsunami Hazards Around the Sea of Japan”, have successfully provided rich and strong constraints on more robust seismic and tsunami hazards. In this special issue, our main goal is to discuss on state-of-the-art methods and results and issues of geophysical and geological observations and modelling, and outcomes to earthquake and tsunami hazards from a background in both geosciences and social sciences. From this standpoint, we highly welcome papers from multidisciplinary research areas including seismology, geophysics, geology, geomorphology, and geodynamic modeling and social sciences that all contribute towards advances in seismic and tsunami hazards of the Sea of Japan and surrounding regions.  

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Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2021

Lead Guest Editor

Masanao Shinohara, University of Tokyo, Japan

Guest Editors

Aditya Gusman, GNS Science, New Zealand

Tatsuya Ishiyama, University of Tokyo, Japan

Tomotaka Iwata,  Kyoto University, Japan

Kenji Satake, University of Tokyo, Japan

Tatsuhiko Saito, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, Japan

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  1. We conducted seismic tomography for entire Japanese Islands including the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean using arrival times from reflection survey as well as the routine seismic network. We successfully i...

    Authors: Makoto Matsubara, Tatsuya Ishiyama, Tetsuo No, Kenji Uehira, Masashi Mochizuki, Toshihiko Kanazawa, Narumi Takahashi and Shin’ichiro Kamiya
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:171
  2. New heat flow data corrected for climate change over Northeastern Japan were obtained using the temperature profile of the borehole of the High Sensitivity Seismograph Network (Hi-net). The obtained spatial di...

    Authors: Takumi Matsumoto, Ryuji Yamada and Satoshi Iizuka
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:155
  3. Constructing geotechnical information database to collect information such as geophysical survey results and borehole data and then sharing it among researchers and engineers will be useful for developing rese...

    Authors: Isamu Nishimura, Tatsuya Noguchi and Takao Kagawa
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:148
  4. On 26 May 1983 the Nihonkai-Chubu earthquake occurred off the western coast of Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture, Japan. The tsunami associated with this earthquake caused widespread damage to the northeastern co...

    Authors: Takashi Chiba and Yuichi Nishimura
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:133
  5. The Hakodate Plain in the southern part of the Oshima Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan, is a sedimentary basin surrounded by mountains. The vertical displacements caused by active faults along the western margin of ...

    Authors: Kimiyuki Asano, Tomotaka Iwata, Kunikazu Yoshida, Naoto Inoue, Kazuhiro Somei, Ken Miyakoshi and Michihiro Ohori
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:94
  6. This study summarizes the findings of an attitude survey focused on people’s perceptions of seismic hazard maps, which illustrate the risk of an earthquake in each location throughout Japan. These seismic haza...

    Authors: Sayaka Saito, Shinya Yasumoto and Naoya Sekiya
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:82
  7. Issues of predominant period of ground motion and derived underground velocity structure model are investigated in the coastal plains affected by the shallow soft sedimentary layer after the last ice age. It i...

    Authors: Takao Kagawa and Tatsuya Noguchi
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:74
  8. Large earthquakes around Japan occur not only in the Pacific Ocean but also in the Sea of Japan, and cause both damage from the earthquake itself and from the ensuing tsunami to the coastal areas. Recently, of...

    Authors: Satoko Murotani, Kenji Satake, Takeo Ishibe and Tomoya Harada
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:52
  9. We investigated the effects of fault parameter uncertainty on the deterministic assessment of tsunami hazards for the submarine and coastal active faults in the Sea of Japan that were recently modeled by the I...

    Authors: Kenji Satake, Takeo Ishibe, Satoko Murotani, Iyan E. Mulia and Aditya Riadi Gusman
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:36
  10. We applied reverse time migration (RTM) to offshore wide-angle seismic data acquired with airgun shots and sparsely deployed ocean bottom seismographs (OBSs) for reflection imaging of the Moho discontinuity in...

    Authors: Kazuya Shiraishi, Tetsuo No and Gou Fujie
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:28
  11. An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 occurred in the Japan Sea off Yamagata on June 18, 2019. The mainshock had a source mechanism of reverse-fault type with a compression axis of WNW–ESE direction. Since the...

    Authors: Masanao Shinohara, Shin’ichi Sakai, Tomomi Okada, Hiroshi Sato, Yusuke Yamashita, Ryota Hino, Kimihiro Mochizuki and Takeshi Akuhara
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2022 74:5
  12. The evolution history of the Sea of Japan back-arc basin remains under debate, involving the opening of sub-basins such as the Japan and Yamato Basins. Detailed knowledge of the lithospheric structure will pro...

    Authors: Takeshi Akuhara, Kazuo Nakahigashi, Masanao Shinohara, Tomoaki Yamada, Hajime Shiobara, Yusuke Yamashita, Kimihiro Mochizuki and Kenji Uehira
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2021 73:171