TERRAPUB Earth, Planets and Space

Earth Planets Space, Vol. 52 (No. 11), pp. 1095-1100, 2000

LETTER

A block-fault model for deformation of the Japanese Islands derived from continuous GPS observation

Manabu Hashimoto1, Shin'ichi Miyazaki2, and David D. Jackson3

1RCEP, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan
2Geographical Survey Institute, Kitasato 1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0811, Japan
3Department of Earth and Space Sciences, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, U.S.A.

(Received February 3, 2000; Revised August 3, 2000; Accepted August 9, 2000)

Abstract: We interpret the continuous GPS data for the Japanese islands from 1996 to 1999 using the model of Hashimoto and Jackson (1993). In this model crustal deformation is represented by a combination of rigid block motions and deformation due to slip deficits along the fault-bounding blocks. Hashimoto and Jackson used 19 blocks, 104 faults, and geodetic data spanning 100 years. In the present work we assume the same fault and block geometry, and we use only the continuous GPS data. Compared to the previous study, the motions of the major blocks are a bit larger: 107±8 mm/yr for the Pacific plate, 47±2 mm/yr for the Philippine Sea plate, and 24±2 mm/yr for the Izu block, all relative to the Amurian plate. The estimated slip directions on active inland faults are now more consistent with geological estimates. Slip deficit rates exceed 10 mm/yr along the Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line, Shinanogawa Seismic Zone, Atotsugawa fault, Hanaori fault, Arima-Takatsuki Tectonic Line, Rokko faults, Median Tectonic Line, and southern boundary of the Beppu-Shimabara graben. Some interplate faults along the Japan and Kurile trenches have slip deficit rates larger than 100 mm/yr, although postseismic deformation from the 1994 Far Off Sanriku earthquake may contaminate these estimates. An interplate fault off Kyushu has a negative slip deficit, possibly due to post-seismic movements from the 1996 events in Hyuganada.


Corresponding author E-mail: hasimoto@rcep.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp


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