Skip to main content

Temporal changes in state of stress in the Tokachi Oki area after the 2003 Tokachi Oki Earthquake

Abstract

A stress tensor inversion was carried out in the aftershock area of the 2003 Tokachi Oki earthquake for a comparative study on the preseismic and postseismic stress state. The inversion technique was adopted from Gephart (1990) to pursue the study with earthquake focal mechanism data from National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED). Results of the inversion revealed significant change in stress field before and after the main shock of the 2003 event. The preseismic uniaxial compression in strike slip stress regime was changed to a transition from transpressional to a radial compression in a compressional regime.

References

  • Astiz, L., T. Lay, and H. Kanamori, Large intermediate depth earthquakes and the subduction process, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 53, 80–166, 198

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Bellier, O. S. and M. L. Zoback, Recent state of stress change in the Walker Lane zone, western Basin and Range Province, United States, Tectonics, 14, 3, 564–593, 1995.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Bellier, O., S. Over, A. Poisson, and J. Andrieux, Recent temporal change in the stress state and modern stress field along the North Anatolian Fault Zone (Turkey), Geophys. J. Int., 131, 61–86, 1997.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Blanpied, M. L., D. A. Locksner, and J. D. Byerlee, An earthquake mechanism based on rapid sealing of faults, Nature, 358, 574–576, 1992.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Byerlee, J., Model for episodic flow of high pressure water in fault zones before earthquakes, Geology, 21, 303–306, 1993.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Carey-Gailhardis, E. and J. L. Mercier, A numerical method for determining the state of stress using focal mechanisms of earthquake populations: Application to Tibetan teliseisms and microseismicity of Southern Peru, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 82, 165–179, 1987.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • DeMets, C., R. G. Gordon, D. F. Argus, and S. Stein, Current plate motions, Geophys. J. Int., 101, 425–478, 1990.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Etchecopar, A., G. Vasseur, and J. L. Mercier, An inverse problem in microtectonics for the determination stress tensors from fault striation analysis, J. Struct. Geolog., 3, 51–65, 1981.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Frepoli, A. and A. Amato, Spatial variation in stress in Peninsular Italy and Sicily from background seismicity, Tectonophysics, 317, 109–124, 2000.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Gephart, J. W., FMSI: A FORTRAN program for inverting fault/ slickenside and earthquake focal mechanism data to obtain the regional stress tensor, Computers and Geosciences, 16, 7, 953–989, 1990.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Gephart, J. W. and D. W. Forsyth, An improved method for determining the regional stress tensor using earthquake focal mechanism data: application to the San Fernando Earthquake sequence, J. Geophys. Res., 89, 9305–9320, 1984.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Hasegawa, A., N. Umino, and A. Takagi, Double-planed structure of the deep seismic zone in the Northeastern Japan arc, Tectonophysics, 47, 43–58, 1978.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Hasegawa, A., N. Umino, A. Takagi, S. Suzuki, Y. Motaya, S. Kameya, K. Tanaka, and Y. Sawada, Spatial distribution of earthquakes beneath Hokkaido and northern Honshu, Japan, J. Seism. Soc. Jpn. Ser. 2, 36, 129–150, 1983 (in Japanese).

    Google Scholar 

  • Isacks, B. and P. Molnar, Distribution of stresses in the descending lithosphere from a global survey of focal mechanisms solutions of mantle earthquakes, Rev. Geophys. Space Phys., 9, 103–174, 1971.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Kanamori, H., Focal mechanism of the Tokachi Oki earthquake of May 16, 1968: Contortion of the lithosphere at a junction of two trenches, Tectonophysics, 12, 1–13, 1971a.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Kanamori, H., Seismological evidence for lithospheric normal faulting: the Sanriku earthquake of 1933, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 4, 289–300, 1971b.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Katsumata, K., N. Wada, and M. Kasahara, Newly imaged shape of the deep seismic zone within the subducting Pacific plate beneath the Hokkaido corner. Japan-Kurile arc-arc junction, J. Geophys. Res., 108, 2003.

  • Kiratzi, A. A., Stress tensor inversions along the westernmost North Anatolian Fault Zone and continuation into the North Aegean Sea, Geophys. J. Int., 151, 360–376, 2002.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Kosuga, M., T. Sato, A. Hasegawa, T. Matsuzawa, S. Suzuki, and Y. Motoya, Spatial distribution of intermediate-depth earthquakes with horizontal or vertical nodal planes beneath northeastern Japan, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 93, 63–89, 1996.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Kubo, A. and E. Fukuyama, Stress field along the Ryuku Arc and Okinawa Trough inferred from moment tensors of shallow earthquakes, Earth. Planet. Sci. Lett., 210, 305–316, 2003.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Magee, M. E. and M. D. Zoback, Evidence for a weak interplate thrust fault along the northern Japan subduction zone and implications for the mechanics of thrust faulting and fluid expulsion, Geology, 21, 809–812, 1993.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • McKenzie, D. P., The relation between fault plane solutions for earthquakes and the directions of the principal stresses, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 59, 591–601, 1969.

    Google Scholar 

  • Michael, A. J., Determination of stress from slip data: Faults and folds, J. Geophys. Res., 89, 11, 517–11, 526, 1984.

    Google Scholar 

  • Michael, A. J., Use of focal mechanisms to determine stress: A control study, J. Geophys. Res., 92, 357–368, 1987.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Moore, J. C., Tectonics and hydrogeology of accretionary prisms: role of the decollment zone, J. Structural Geology, 11, 95–106, 1989.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Moriya, T., Collision of forearcs and overlapped deep seismic zone in the transition zone between the northern Honshu and Kurile arcs, J. Phys. Earth, 34(suppl.), S175–S192, 1986.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Ozel, N. and T. Moriya, Different stress directions in the aftershock focal mechanisms of the Kushiri-Oki earthquake of Jan. 15, 1993, SE Hokkaido, Japan, and horizontal rupture in the double seismic zone, Tectonophysics, 313, 307–327, 1999.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Ozel, N. and T. Moriya, Focal mechanism of Intermediate-depth earthquakes beneath southeastern Hokkaido, Japan, implications of the double seismic zone, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 160, 2279–2299, 2003.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Parker, R. L. and M. K. McNutt, Statistics for the one norm misfit measure, J. Geophys. Res., 85, 4429–4430, 1980.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Peacock, S. M., Fluid processes in subduction zones, Science, 248, 329–337, 1990.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Rice, J. R., Fault stress states, pore pressure distribution and the weakness of the San Andreas Fault, in Fault Mechanics and Transport Properties of Rock, edited by B. Evans and T. F. Wong, pp. 475–503, London Academic Press, 1992.

    Google Scholar 

  • Ritz, J. F and A. Taboada, Revolution stress ellipsoids in brittle tectonics resulting from uncritical use of inverse methods, Bull. Soc. Geol. France, 164, 519–533, 1993.

    Google Scholar 

  • Scholz, C. H., The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 471 pp., 2002.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Schwartz, S. C. and L. J. Ruff, The 1968 Tokachi Oki and the 1969 Kurile islands earthquakes: variability in the rupture processes, J. Geophys. Res., 90, 8613–8626, 1985.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Seno, T, “Northern Honshu microplate” hypothesis and tectonics in the surrounding region. When did the plate boundary jump from central Honshu to the eastern margin of Japan sea?, J. Geod. Soc. Jpn., 31, 106–123, 1985.

    Google Scholar 

  • Sleep, N. H. and M. L. Blanpied, Creep, compaction and the weak rheology of major faults, Nature, 359, 687–692, 1992.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Suzuki, S. and M. Kasahara, Unbending and horizontal fracture of the subducting Pacific plate, as evidenced by the 1993 Kushiro-Oki and 1981 and 1987 intermediate-depth earthquakes in Hokkaido, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 93, 91–104, 1996.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Suzuki, S., T. Sasatani, and Y. Motoya, Double seismic zone beneath the middle of Hokkaido, Japan, in the southwestern side of the Kurile arc, Tectonophysics, 96, 59–76, 1983.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Tichelaar, B. W. and L. J. Ruff, Depth of seismic coupling along subduction zones, J. Geophys. Res., 98, 2017–2037, 1993.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Tsumura, N., H. Ikawa, T. Ikawa, M. Shinohara, T. Ito, K. Arita, T. Moriya, G. Kimura, and T. Ikawa, Delamination-wedge structure beneath the Hidaka collision zone, central Hokkaido, Japan, inferred from seismic refraction profiling, Geophy. Res. Lett., 26, 1057–1060, 1999.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Vroljik, P., On the mechanical role of smectite in subduction zones, Geology, 18, 703–707, 1990.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Yagi, Y., Source rupture process of the 2003 Tokachi-Oki earthquake determined by joint inversion of teleseismic body wave and strong ground motion data, Earth Planets Space, 56, 311–316, 2004.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Yoshii, T., A detailed cross section of the deep seismic zone beneath northeastern Honshu, Japan, Tectonophysics, 55, 349–360, 1979.

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Subesh Ghimire.

Rights and permissions

Open Access  This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made.

The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder.

To view a copy of this licence, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Ghimire, S., Katsumata, K. & Kasahara, M. Temporal changes in state of stress in the Tokachi Oki area after the 2003 Tokachi Oki Earthquake. Earth Planet Sp 57, 83–91 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1186/BF03352552

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Revised:

  • Accepted:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/BF03352552

Key words

  • 2003 Tokachi Oki earthquake
  • stress tensor inversion