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Characteristics of the surface rupture associated with the 2004 Mid Niigata Prefecture earthquake, central Japan and their seismotectonic implications

  • Tadashi Maruyama17Email author,
  • Yuichiro Fusejima17,
  • Toshikazu Yoshioka17,
  • Yasuo Awata17 and
  • Tabito Matsu’ura17
Earth, Planets and Space201457:BF03352586

Received: 10 February 2005

Accepted: 25 May 2005

Published: 24 June 2014


The 2004 Mid Niigata Prefecture earthquake sequence produced a nearly 1-km-long, N-S to NNW-SSE-striking, west-side-up surface rupture along a previously unmapped fault at Obiro, Uonuma City, eastern margin of the epicentral region. The maximum vertical displacement is 20 cm. The topographic and geometric features of the surface rupture are indicative of reverse faulting with dip to the west, which is consistent with focal mechanism solutions and aftershock distribution. Along the major active faults and folds that form the framework of landforms in the epicentral region, systematic surface ruptures were not found. Exceptionally small rupture dimension and offset amount of the surface rupture compared with those of the modeled fault suggest that the fault slip appears to have been accommodated by both internal deformation in thick Neogene-Quaternary deposits and growth of the folds and blind thrusts around the epicentral region.

Key words

Surface rupturereverse fault2004 Mid Niigata Prefecture earthquaketectonics