Earth Planets Space, Vol. 54 (No. 8), pp. 819-830, 2002
Shiro Ohmi, Kunihiko Watanabe, Takuo Shibutani, Norio Hirano, and Setsuro Nakao
Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan
(Received September 12, 2001; Revised July 12, 2002; Accepted July 15, 2002)
Abstract: On October 6, 2000, the 2000 Western Tottori Earthquake (Mjma~7.3) occurred in the western Tottori prefecture area, southwestern Japan. It initiated at a depth of 12 km at the bottom of the seismogenic zone, which was derived from aftershock distribution. The aftershocks extend over a 35 km length in a north-northwest direction. Spatial and temporal distribution of the aftershocks exhibits local characteristics in the fault region. The northern part consists of earthquake clusters while the southern part consists of a rather simple lineament of aftershocks, and the spreading and decaying rate of the aftershocks is slower in the northern part. This contrast is possibly due to the heterogeneity of the fault system and probably affected the rupture process of the mainshock. Two swarm sequences occurred in the surrounding region after the mainshock. One initiated 48 hours after the mainshock 25 km southwest of the main aftershock distribution. The other started 20 hours after the mainshock northeast of the mainshock on the southeast flank of Daisen volcano. These activities are probably induced seismicity due to stress changes in the focal region. Pre-seismic swarm activities occurred in the focal region from 1989 and deep low-frequency earthquakes were observed since 1999. It is important to understand the relationship between these possible precursory phenomena and the occurrence of the mainshock.