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Conductivity distribution and seismicity in the northeastern Japan Arc

  • Yukio Fujinawa1Email author,
  • Noriaki Kawakami2,
  • Jun Inoue2,
  • Theodore H. Asch2 and
  • Shinji Takasugi3
Earth, Planets and Space201454:BF03353051

Received: 22 January 2001

Accepted: 14 January 2002

Published: 25 June 2014


Wideband magnetotelluric (MT) observation data were obtained from 91 sites along six transects in the central part of the Japan Arc. Here, a quasi-3D georesistivity distribution, in addition to other geophysical and geological parameters, is used to better understand seismicity in the region. We found that high seismicity in the Central Mountain Range is due to relatively poor fluid saturation caused by volcanism. The high conductive fracture zone in the west of the Central Basin without big earthquakes is characterized by a low Poisson ratio. It is suggested that strains cannot be accumulated in those regions. The Miyagi-ken-hokubu region with a frequent occurrence of large earthquakes, is conductive—high Poisson ratio—high Vp suggesting that the zone is relatively fluid-rich and brittle.


Mountain RangeLower CrustSeismic VelocityCentral BasinConductivity Distribution