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Resolving static offsets from high-rate GPS data: the 2003 Tokachi-oki earthquake

Earth, Planets and Space200860:BF03352831

DOI: 10.1186/BF03352831

Received: 6 May 2008

Accepted: 6 June 2008

Published: 8 September 2008


The Mw 8.0 2003 Tokachi-oki earthquake offshore Hokkaido is the largest earthquake observed to date by a dense GPS network (GEONET). These GPS data are important both for resolving the geodetic signature of the earthquake itself and studies of postseismic deformation. Because GPS positions are generally estimated by averaging 24 hours of observations, it can be difficult to separate the effects of the earthquake and early postseismic deformation. In order to address this difficulty, a Kalman filtering methodology is developed that allows the estimation of the static offsets for the mainshock, its largest aftershock, and postseismic deformation in the first 24 hours. The static offsets computed for this study can be used for earthquake rupture studies while the early postseismic data can be used to evaluate frictional properties of the fault.

Key words

GPS great earthquake geodetic data static offset postseismic deformation