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Bayesian inference and interpretation of centroid moment tensors of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake sequence, Kyushu, Japan
Earth, Planets and Space volume 69, Article number: 134 (2017)
Abstract
On April 16, 2016, Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu region, Japan, was devastated by a shallow M _{JMA}7.3 earthquake. The series of foreshocks started by M _{JMA}6.5 foreshock 28 h before the mainshock. They have originated in Hinagu fault zone intersecting the mainshock Futagawa fault zone; hence, the tectonic background for this earthquake sequence is rather complex. Here we infer centroid moment tensors (CMTs) for 11 events with M _{JMA} between 4.8 and 6.5, using strong motion records of the KNET, KiKnet and Fnet networks. We use upgraded Bayesian fullwaveform inversion code ISOLAObsPy, which takes into account uncertainty of the velocity model. Such an approach allows us to reliably assess uncertainty of the CMT parameters including the centroid position. The solutions show significant systematic spatial and temporal variations throughout the sequence. Foreshocks are rightlateral steeply dipping strikeslip events connected to the NE–SW shear zone. Those located close to the intersection of the Hinagu and Futagawa fault zones are dipping slightly to ESE, while those in the southern area are dipping to WNW. Contrarily, aftershocks are mostly normal dipslip events, being related to the N–S extensional tectonic regime. Most of the deviatoric moment tensors contain only minor CLVD component, which can be attributed to the velocity model uncertainty. Nevertheless, two of the CMTs involve a significant CLVD component, which may reflect complex rupture process. Decomposition of those moment tensors into two pure shear moment tensors suggests combined rightlateral strikeslip and normal dipslip mechanisms, consistent with the tectonic settings of the intersection of the Hinagu and Futagawa fault zones.
Introduction
The 2016 Kumamoto earthquake sequence started on April 14, 2016, with an M _{JMA}6.5 shallow earthquake in the central part of Kyushu, Japan (see Fig. 1). The seismic activity continued by weaker events, including M _{JMA}5.8 and M _{JMA}6.4 earthquakes 41 min and 2.6 h after the first shock, respectively. The mainshock of the sequence of M _{JMA}7.3 occurred on April 16, 2016 (01:25 of Japan Standard Time), 28 h after the first earthquake (the yellow circle in Fig. 1). The mainshock generated destructive ground motions in the nearsource region, causing severe damage and casualties. The following aftershocks had wide spatial distribution across the whole Kyushu with the strongest event of M _{JMA}5.9 that occurred 20 min after the mainshock. Increased seismic activity in the area was notable even 2 weeks after the first foreshock, and it was daily reported by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). In the 2016 Kumamoto sequence, seven earthquakes reached or exceeded instrumental intensity 6− of the JMA intensity scale which consists of degrees 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5−, 5+, 6−, 6+, 7.
This earthquake sequence occurred along the Futagawa–Hinagu fault system, which is one of the major active fault zones in Kyushu. This shear zone is considered to be western extension of the Median Tectonic Line (MTL), the largest tectonic line in southwestern Japan (e.g., Okada 1980; Kamata and Kodama 1994). The MTL is an active rightlateral strikeslip fault which originates at Honshu Island and transects whole Shikoku Island. Extension of the MTL transects Kyushu at NE–SW direction, with evidence of rightlateral strikeslip and extensional movements (Kamata and Kodama 1994). An area in the central part of Kyushu, located north of the shear zone, is called the Beppu–Shimabara graben. It is characterized by many normal faults formed in the N–S extensional stress regime. According to Kamata and Kodama (1999), this extension can be related to the effect of the Ryukyu Trench and convergence of the Philippine Sea slab, where it possibly induces seafloor spreading at the Okinawa Trough. The tectonic stress in Kyushu has large spatial heterogeneities (Matsumoto et al. 2015). At Kumamoto area, the minimum principal stress σ _{3} (extension) is in the N–S direction, and the maximum principal stress σ _{1} has similar size as σ _{2} (Matsumoto et al. 2015); therefore, strikeslip and also normal faults are expected under such stress regime.
The mainshock created more than 30kmlong system of coseismic surface ruptures along the Futagawa–Hinagu fault system (e.g., Kumahara et al. 2016; Toda et al. 2016; Shirahama et al. 2016) terminating in the Aso volcano caldera (e.g., Lin et al. 2016). The surface coseismic ruptures were dominated by rightlateral strikeslips with a secondary normal faulting component. The normal faulting was dominant especially in the northeast part of the rupture zone (e.g., Toda et al. 2016). Finite source models for the mainshock were inverted from strong motion records (e.g., Asano and Iwata 2016; Kubo et al. 2016; Hao et al. 2017; Kobayashi et al. 2017; Yoshida et al. 2017). The inferred models suggest that the M _{JMA}7.3 event started near the intersection of the Futagawa and Hinagu faults by rightlateral strikeslip movement; then, the rupture propagated to the NE along the Futagawa fault as strikeslip with a normal faulting component. Finite source models and also static slip models from geodetic data (Himematsu and Furuya 2016; Fukahata and Hashimoto 2016) are consistent with field measurements of coseismic surface ruptures. The source models introduce two or three segments of the mainshock rupture, but their physical relation to the foreshock ruptures remains unclear because of the complex tectonic settings of the intersection of the Futagawa and Hinagu faults.
This study focuses on the point source models of the significant foreshocks and aftershocks of the Kumamoto sequence. The centroid moment tensors (CMTs) for these events were inferred routinely by JMA and by National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED). However, these solutions are not supplemented by their uncertainty, which is required when trying to draw conclusions on the physical relations of ruptures in such case of complex tectonic settings. Here we infer CMTs of the significant foreshocks and aftershocks and their uncertainty by our novel fullwaveform inversion from strong motion data. The results are then interpreted in a seismotectonic framework.
Methods
Problem formulation
In the lowfrequency point source approximation, the source is described by the centroid moment tensor (CMT, Aki and Richards 2002, pp. 49–52). The CMT consists of ten parameters: six moment tensor elements \( M_{pq} \), location \( {\varvec{\upxi}} \) and time τ. The centroid denotes to temporal and spatial center of the moment tensor density. Ground displacement u _{ n } at position x and time t generated by CMT with the source time function \( \Omega \left( t \right) \) is given for the nth component by
where star denotes convolution and \( H_{np,q} \) is the spatial derivative of Green’s function (GF) representing response of the medium to a unite force. Eistein summation convention applies.
Kikuchi and Kanamori (1991) proposed to represent the moment tensor \( M_{pq} \) (MT), for a given centroid position and time, by a linear combination of six elementary MTs defined therein. Then, discretized Eq. (1) can be expressed for a given source space–time position i and a given function \( \Omega \left( t \right) \) in a matrix form (Tarantola 2005, pp. 62–68),
where d _{ i } is a vector of synthetic seismograms and m _{ i } is a vector of six coefficients of the elementary MTs. G _{ i } is a matrix of six columns composed of elementary seismograms, representing ground displacements caused by elementary MTs placed at position i. The problem is then linear for a given source space–time position (six elementary MT coefficients), whereas it is nonlinear for the other four parameters (location \( {\varvec{\upxi}} \) and time τ).
Bayesian inference of CMT
We apply modification of the Bayesian fullwaveform CMT inversion, ISOLAObsPy (Vackář et al. 2017), which allows for reliable assessment of the solution uncertainty. In this method, a regular grid of four nonlinear CMT model parameters (location \( {\varvec{\upxi}} \) and time τ) is considered. We assume onecolumn data vector d _{obs} characterized by Gaussian data errors with covariance matrix C _{ D } (will be discussed in the next section). At a given space–time grid point i, assuming no prior information (i.e., infinite standard deviation) on the model parameters m _{ i }, the posterior probability density function (posterior PDF) for the MT is sixdimensional Gaussian function,
Parameter c is a constant normalizing the total tendimensional PDF to unity. Note that the term including prior information on the model parameters (Tarantola 2005, eq. 1.104) is not present in Eq. (3) as it is equal to 1.
After simple algebra, Eq. (3) can be equivalently written as
In Eq. (6), \( \tilde{\varvec{m}}_{i} \) corresponds to the least squares solution of the six model parameters with misfit \( {\mathcal{L}}_{i} \) from Eq. (5) (Tarantola 2005, eq. 3.40). The associated uncertainties (of the least squares solution \( \tilde{\varvec{m}}_{i} \)) are described by the posterior model covariance matrix \( {\tilde{\mathbf{C}}}_{i}^{{\mathbf{M}}} \) given in Eq. (7) (Tarantola 2005, Eq. 3.41).
The role of the data covariance matrix C _{ D } in the inversion is apparent in definition of the misfit function. In MT inversion without considering C _{ D }, the misfit function is difference (residuals) between the recorded data d _{obs} and synthetics d _{ i }. If the covariance matrix C _{ D } is used, the misfit function is given by socalled standardized residuals (Dettmer et al. 2014), i.e., waveforms multiplied by the triangular matrix W from the Cholesky decomposition of C _{ D }
The variance reduction, a parameter evaluating solution fit to measured data in the grid point i, is then given by
The normalizing constant c from Eq. (3) can be obtained by integration over all the ten CMT parameters. In our case, we integrate over the space–time grid points (Vackář et al. 2017),
where the term \( {\text{d}}V_{i} \) is the product of grid steps of all the four nonlinear model parameters (i.e., the space and time discretization steps). The value a _{ i } is an integral of PDF_{ i } at the given space–time grid point. It depends on the most likely solution misfit \( {\mathcal{L}}_{i} \) and the determinant of the posterior covariance matrix of model parameters \( {\tilde{\mathbf{C}}}_{i}^{{\mathbf{M}}} \), in particular space–time grid point. It thus carries information about the quality of the least squares solution in particular grid point.
Vackář et al. (2017) propose to inspect posterior PDF of any CMT parameters by generating set of random possible solutions from the total tendimensional posterior PDF. This can be achieved by drawing a _{ i } random samples at each space–time grid point from the multivariate normal distribution specified by \( \tilde{\varvec{m}}_{i} \) and \( {\tilde{\mathbf{C}}}_{i}^{{\mathbf{M}}} \). From such ensemble, it is then possible to statistically assess uncertainty of any CMT parameter, including those that are not directly inverted for, but can be derived from the MT components (e.g., strike angle, dip angle, rake angle and DC component percentage).
Accounting for the uncertainty of the velocity structure
The reliability of the assessment of the solution uncertainty by this Bayesian framework depends on the assessment of the data and modeling errors. The data errors (i.e., the instrumental and ambient noise) are typically negligible when dealing with larger events, as in our present application. We avoid using data with rare instrumental artifacts (e.g., Zahradník and Plešinger 2010). The solution uncertainty is then dominated by modeling errors governed by the uncertainty of the GFs due to the inaccuracy of the crustal model considered. We include the modeling errors in covariance matrix C _{ D } following approach by Hallo and Gallovič (2016). They compose C _{ D } from socalled stationarized approximate covariance functions defined by
where \( r\left( \varphi \right) \) is autocorrelation of the observed seismogram as a function of time lag \(\varphi\), T is duration of the dominant part of the signal, star is convolution and \( \wedge_{2L} \left( \varphi \right) \) is a triangle function of unit area centered around zero with duration 2L. Since Eq. (11) is stationary (i.e., depending only on time lag \(\varphi\)), the respective covariance matrix has Toeplitz structure (diagonal constant). Parameter L generally depends on the source–receiver distance, frequency range and considered uncertainty of the velocity model. Hallo and Gallovič (2016) tested the performance of such covariance matrices by means of numerous MT inversions with synthetic data generated in randomly perturbed velocity models. The posterior model covariance matrix from inversion using \( \overline{\text{cov}} \) (Eq. (11)) was therein shown to reliably reflect the simulated uncertainty of the inferred MTs.
In the present multistation and multicomponent inversion, data covariance matrix C _{ D } has block structure. The covariance matrices for the individual waveforms are arranged along the diagonal, while offdiagonal blocks (crosscovariances) are neglected and hence set to zeros. A stationspecific water level was added to the diagonal to preserve the covariance matrix invertible. As the water level, we use 10% of the maximum variance from all the three station components. The parameters L from Eq. (11) were determined based on relation introduced by Hallo and Gallovič (2016) in a similar inversion setting
where \( \left {{\mathbf{x}}  {\mathbf{x}}_{\text{epic}} } \right \) denotes horizontal distance between the station and epicenter in kilometers. Such an estimate is found suitable for velocity model uncertainty of 10%. The duration of the dominant part of the signal T was set to 15 s for all stations and events.
Application to the 2016 Kumamoto sequence
We infer CMTs of 11 significant earthquakes with M _{JMA} magnitude in range of 4.8–6.5 (see Table 1 for list of the events). The set consists of all foreshocks and aftershocks with M _{JMA} magnitude higher than or equal to 5 (denoted by red and blue circles in Fig. 1), and two aftershocks with M _{JMA} magnitude 4.9 and 4.8. The mainshock itself was omitted from the analysis as it has rather complex earthquake source rupture process that was studied in detail in other studies (e.g., Asano and Iwata 2016; Kubo et al. 2016; Kobayashi et al. 2017).
Data selection and processing
We use threecomponent waveforms recorded by the KNET, KiKnet and Fnet networks, operated by National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), in the distances of 10–60 km from the epicenter (depending on the particular event). The stations are selected based on azimuthal coverage, distance and sufficient signaltonoise ratio in the lowfrequency range. Stations located too close to the epicenter are excluded to comply with the point source approximation, i.e., to avoid station distances for which GFs along the fault differ significantly. Original acceleration data (KNET and KiKnet) and strong motion velocity data corrected for the instrument response (Fnet) are filtered by a bandpass filter and integrated into displacements (the KNET and KiKnet accelerographs have flat transfer function in our target frequency range). The filter corner frequencies are determined empirically by manual inspection and processing of the waveforms (see Table 1). In general, the highpass filter corner frequency is as low as possible in terms of signaltonoise ratio. The lowpass filter corner frequency is limited by corner frequency of the particular earthquake. Waveform data are downsampled after the filtration and integration to the sampling frequency 0.6–1.3 Hz, based on the lowpass filter corner frequency, in order to reduce computational demands.
Velocity model
GFs are computed by the discrete wavenumber method (Bouchon 1981) in 1D velocity model consisting of homogenous layers. The model is prepared from the 3D Japan Integrated Velocity Structure Model (Koketsu et al. 2012) as a horizontal average over area of 40 × 40 km around mainshock epicenter. The horizontal average is calculated for a dense set of depths (smooth model in Fig. 2a) and then divided into homogenous layers preserving the vertical travel times within layers (layered model in Fig. 2a). Figure 2b shows maximal deviation of the 1D model from the original 3D model (maximal lateral heterogeneities which are not included in the 1D model). These velocity variations are less than 10% for depths larger than 1 km. The shallow layers show higher lateral heterogeneities, but they do not significantly affect the inversion using much longer wavelengths for sources at depths of Kumamoto earthquakes.
Application details
The CMT inversion strategy consists of the following processing steps:

1.
Inference of full CMT, including isotropic component, is performed by inversion from extended set of stations without considering any model or data uncertainty. At this stage, we consider a rough grid of space–time grid points in the search of the nonlinear parameters, with regular grid steps of 1.4 km in all three coordinate directions within 16 km around the hypocenter reported by JMA. Time grid covers 0–4 s after the hypocenter time with regular time grid steps of about 0.3–0.1 s (depending on the particular event).

2.
We manually inspect the best fit of the synthetic and measured waveforms to reveal stations with unusable signal. The proposed Bayesian inference is intended to deal with unknown velocity model perturbations which are close to the 1D velocity model, but it cannot correct for missing velocity structures or other systematical errors in the waveform data. Hence, stations with very poor fit are excluded from the next step of the processing. Mostly, it is the case of very distant stations or receivers located in the coastal area of the Ariake Sea. The final number of used stations is shown in Table 1.

3.
We perform the Bayesian inference of CMT taking into account velocity model uncertainty of 10%. Here we consider a denser grid in the search of the nonlinear parameters with regular grid steps about 0.2–0.5 km in all three coordinate directions within 3–5 km around the CMT location inverted in the first step. Time grid covers 0–4 s after the hypocenter time with regular time grid steps of about 0.1 s. Since isotropic component of MT was negligible in all cases, we conserve it at 0%.
As the ensemble of acceptable solutions, we generate 1000 random possible solutions drawn from the tendimensional posterior PDF. The resulting MTs are decomposed into combination of doublecouple (DC) and compensated linear vector dipole (CLVD) sources. Marginal PDFs of selected CMT parameters (marginal histograms) are fitted with Gaussian function defined by its mean and standard deviation σ. We consider 2σ as the estimate of the uncertainty covering halfwidth of a 95% confidence interval of the normal distribution.
As examples of the application, we depict three selected CMT inversions in Figs. 3, 4 and 5. Figure 3 shows the CMT inversion of the strongest M _{JMA}6.5 foreshock (event No. 1) in terms of the network settings, the best fit of the standardized waveforms at all stations and the best beachball solution with uncertainty (see the figure caption). Figure 4 shows the same, but for the M _{JMA}5.8 foreshock (event No. 4), which is performed from the same set of stations as for the previous event. The solution has a high variance reduction and high DC content. The example in Fig. 5 corresponds to the M _{JMA}5.4 aftershock (event No. 7), which is characterized by high variance reduction and high (significant) CLVD content.
Solutions of the CMT inversion
Parameters of the inferred CMT solutions from the Kumamoto sequence together with their uncertainty are compiled in Table 2. The beachball representations of these CMTs are shown in Fig. 6 together with comparison from the JMA and NIED solutions (the comparison is discussed later). Additionally, the inferred most likely solutions are listed in Appendix 1 in terms of the MT components.
The variance reduction defined by Eq. (9) is high for most events; nevertheless, solutions for two events (Nos. 1 and 5) have it below 50%. In the case of event No. 5, the raw waveforms seem corrupted at very low frequencies; hence, slightly higher frequency band was used (see Table 1), which most likely causes the fit deterioration. The event No. 1 is the strongest foreshock which was shown to consist of two spatially separated asperities by Asano and Iwata (2016). Our inferred CMT solution is located between the asperities; nevertheless, the lower variance reduction is likely related to the fact that the distance of the nearest station is at the margin of applicability of the point source approximation (20 km CMTtosite distance vs. 12 km length of the fault).
The uncertainties of the CMT locations are up to 1.5 km in both horizontal and vertical directions for all events. Moreover, events with high variance reduction have CMT location uncertainty as small as 0.6 km. Table 2 documents that the percentage of the DC source content has spans from 64 to 98%. In most cases, it is characterized by large uncertainty including also possibility of pure shear (DC 100%), and hence, the presence of CLVD component cannot be proved (but also disproved) for most of the inferred CMT solutions. The exceptions are events No. 1, 3 and 7 whose admissible DC values do not exceed 90% even taking the uncertainty into account (64 + 24, 67 + 16 and 75 + 8%, respectively; see Table 2). Hence, we consider these events as having a significant CLVD component. Moreover, event No. 7 has the highest variance reduction in all the events, and hence, we consider its CLVD component particularly well constrained.
CMTs with significant CLVD component
The inferred CMT solutions of the Kumamoto earthquakes were decomposed into combination of DC and CLVD sources. While the DC component has direct physical interpretation in terms of shear faulting, the CLVD component points to possible complexity of the faulting (e.g., Frohlich 1994). Indeed, the nonDC MT can be decomposed into a combination of two or more DC sources. Unfortunately, such decomposition is mathematically nonunique, which brings difficulties to interpretation, and requires some physical constraint.
NonDC MT decomposition into two DC MTs
Jost and Herrmann (1989) decompose a MT with CLVD component into socalled major and minor DC sources preserving directions of the three principal stress axes (P, T and Naxis). Note that despite the fact that the principal stress axes directions are preserved, the axes types may generally interchange. Let us assume absolute values of nonDC MT eigenvalues \( \left {\lambda_{1} } \right \ge \left {\lambda_{2} } \right \ge \left {\lambda_{3} } \right \) with respective eigenvectors v _{1}, v _{2} and v _{3} (1 × 3 row vectors). We use definition of the major and minor DC moment tensors as
In such formulation, the major MT is the best DC approximation of a shear seismic source, under additional assumption of preserved main principal stress axis (axis with \( \lambda_{1} \)) of the major and minor MTs.
The decomposition in Eqs. (13) and (14) has one unique solution, but the assumption of fixed directions of the principal stress axes for the subsources is physically too restrictive. Therefore, we propose to weaken this assumption by systematic search among subsources with slightly deviated directions of the principal stress axes. To this, we apply a grid search for strike, dip and rake angles of the two DC sources with prescribed main axis difference being less than 20°. The optimal scalar seismic moments of each of the two tested DC sources k and l are obtained by linear inversion
where n is vectorized nonDC MT (9 × 1 column vector), B _{ kl } is 9 × 2 matrix composed of two tested vectorized DC MTs with unit scalar seismic moments and \( \tilde{\varvec{b}}_{kl} \) is vector of the optimal scalar seismic moments. The fit of the summed DC MTs with the target nonDC MT n is measured by misfit (normalized variance)
Note that the scalar seismic moments obtained by Eq. (15) may also have negative values; such solutions are considered unphysical and are thus excluded. Then, we accept solutions with misfit (Eq. (16)) lower than 1%. The result of this approach is a set of possible decompositions of nonDC MT into two DC MTs with prescribed main axis difference being less than 20°.
Application of the nonDC MT decomposition
The decomposition methodologies (Eqs. 13–16) are based on preserving main principal stress axis with the largest absolute eigenvalue \( \left {\lambda_{1} } \right \); it may be either Paxis or Taxis of MTs. In the Kumamoto area, the stress field has σ _{3} as the main principal stress in the NNW–SSE direction, while σ _{1} and σ _{2} in WSW–ENE and vertical directions, respectively, have similar size (Matsumoto et al. 2015, Fig. 7e). Hence, the decomposition of the selected nonDC MTs was performed to preserve Taxis (related to the stable σ _{3} direction).
Three of the inferred MTs of the Kumamoto earthquakes (events No. 1, 3 and 7) have significant CLVD component. Two of them (events No. 1 and 7) have Taxis as the main principal stress axis; hence, we analyzed those two in detail. The first analyzed earthquake is the strongest M _{JMA}6.5 strikeslip foreshock, and the second event is M _{JMA}5.4 normal faulting aftershock. The decomposition of these nonDC MTs into major and minor DC sources is depicted in Fig. 7a, b. The summed MTs in Fig. 7 are in perfect agreement with our original nonDC MTs in Fig. 6. In the decomposition with preserved Taxis (Fig. 7a, b, and Appendix 2), the major MT is the best DC approximation of the shear seismic source, while minor MT represents complexity of the faulting (secondary faulting mechanism). It has to be emphasized that the major and minor DC sources cannot be understood as two asperities of an activated fault system; the decomposition is merely mathematical description of a complex earthquake source.
Better understanding can be gained from the examples of possible decomposition provided by the grid search approach (Fig. 7c, d), documenting the nonuniqueness of the decomposition. Nevertheless, all the selected examples are, generally, a combination of a strikeslip and a normal dipslip mechanism (as shown in Fig. 7), which is consistent with the tectonic settings of the intersection of the Hinagu and Futagawa fault zones.
Geometry of the activated ruptures
The inferred CMTs of the analyzed events exhibit significant systematic spatial variations throughout the source region (Fig. 8). Analyzed CMTs of foreshocks are strikeslip events located near the surface traces of the Hinagu and Futagawa faults (red DC beachballs in Fig. 8). Contrarily, aftershocks have various mechanisms with majority of normal dipslips (blue DC beachballs in Fig. 8). We estimate that more than 99% of the total scalar seismic moment of the Kumamoto sequence in studied area was released by the analyzed events together with the M _{JMA}7.3 mainshock. Hence, we aim to construct the network of major faults and ruptures, which were activated within the analyzed sequence, from the CMT solutions.
Firstly, we determine the preferred fault planes out of the two MT nodal planes based on the (a) orientation of surface traces of the faults; (b) geometry of clusters of the relocated hypocenters; and (c) by the mutual colocation of the hypocenter and centroid (socalled H–C method, Zahradník et al. 2008). In the latter method, the fault plane is identified as that one from two nodal planes of CMT that encompasses the hypocenter location in 3D. The assumption is that ruptures propagate from the hypocenter along a fault plane described by the CMT solution. Major surface traces of the Hinagu and Futagawa faults are oriented in the NE–SW direction, which is indicative for the strikeslip fault planes. The strikeslip fault planes of Hinagu fault zone are noticeable also in the vertical cross sections in Fig. 9 showing hypocenters of the Kumamoto earthquakes as inferred by Kato et al. (2016). The H–C method is useful, especially for the normal dipslip aftershocks with unclear evidence of surface traces of faults; moreover, it supports also assumed orientation of strikeslip fault planes. Hence, the strikeslip fault planes are identified with higher certainty than the dipslip fault planes. Determined preferable nodal planes of the sources are listed in Table 2 by means of their strike, dip and rake angles.
Secondly, we estimate the rupture area of the analyzed earthquakes from their scalar seismic moments. The adopted empirical relationship from Somerville et al. (1999) is based on the selfsimilar scaling of the large to midsize crustal earthquakes. The rupture area A in square kilometers is given by
where the scalar seismic moment M _{0} is in dynecm. The estimated rupture areas supplemented by rupture lengths L, assuming square geometry of the fault planes, are listed in Table 3. The rupture area and geometry of the M _{JMA}7.3 mainshock are adopted from the slip inversion by Asano and Iwata (2016), having area of 756 km^{2}.
We have centered the assumed rupture planes defined by their spatial orientation (Table 2) and rupture size (Table 3) in their respective CMT locations (Table 2) and plotted them in 3D visualization program ParaView (Fig. 10). As locations of the inferred CMTs and also hypocenters are subjects of uncertainty (estimated to be up to 1.5 km for CMTs), the assumed fault planes do not necessarily cross perfectly the hypocenter. The minimum distance of the hypocenters from the respective fault planes is shown in Table 3 as parameter R. Foreshocks’ major ruptures (red squares in Fig. 10) continuously cover the northernmost part of the Hinagu fault zone, having length of approximately 20 km. They span from the surface to the depth of approximately 14 km. The aftershocks’ major ruptures (blue squares in Fig. 10) spread NW along the adopted fault plane of the M _{JMA}7.3 mainshock (yellow rectangles in Fig. 10). Moreover, three of the inferred aftershock’s ruptures (events No. 3, 5 and 7) intersect the mainshock fault plane.
Discussion
Solutions in seismotectonic framework
The relationship between the earthquakes, active tectonics and faults may play role in the local seismic hazard assessment. The constructed network of activated ruptures (Fig. 10) represents such seismotectonic description of the intersection of the Hinagu and Futagawa fault zones. Foreshocks (red beachballs in Fig. 8) imply rightlateral strikeslip movements in the NE–SW direction in the Hinagu fault zone. Those ruptures located close to the intersection of the Hinagu and Futagawa fault zones are dipping slightly to ESE, while those in the southern area are dipping to WNW. The activated ruptures span from surface to depth of approximately 14 km. Contrarily, aftershocks are mostly normal dipslip events (blue beachballs in Fig. 8) and spread NW along the assumed fault plane of the M _{JMA}7.3 mainshock (see Fig. 10), where the surface subsidence occurred as documented by InSAR (Himematsu and Furuya 2016). Aftershock’s ruptures are situated at depths greater than 5 km, close to the assumed fault plane of the mainshock (adopted from Asano and Iwata 2016), and three of them intersect the mainshock fault plane. These findings imply that foreshocks and partially also mainshock are driven by stresses of the NE–SW shear zone (western extension of the MTL), while aftershocks are mostly related to the N–S extensional stress regime of Beppu–Shimabara graben (Kamata and Kodama 1994), being triggered by the mainshock. This is confirmed by principal stress axes analysis performed by code of Vavrycuk (2014), see Fig. 11, showing that the N–S extensional stress σ _{3} is stable (blue dots in Fig. 11a, b), while main principal stress σ _{1} is oriented NE–SW and vertically for foreshocks and aftershocks, respectively (red dots in Fig. 11a, b).
Coactivation of the rightlateral strikeslips with normal faulting ruptures through the sequence was introduced also by static slip model from geodetic data (Himematsu and Furuya 2016; Kobayashi 2017). Field investigation by Toda et al. (2016) shows that surface displacements along the previously mapped active fault traces of the Hinagu–Futagawa fault zone are dominated by rightlateral strikeslip surface displacement up to 2 m. A normal surface rupture zone of about 10 km in length dipping to northwest, which is parallel to the Futagawa fault outside the Aso caldera, was also reported by Toda et al. (2016), and its maximum coseismic displacement is also up to 2 m. The normal dipslip aftershocks that occurred along the NW edge of the mainshock rupture had no clear relationship with coseismic surface ruptures; however, minor surface ruptures in downtown of Kumamoto City have been mapped by InSAR (Himematsu and Furuya 2016) and field survey (Goto et al. 2017). The field investigations imply the complex surface phenomena and tectonic settings in this region. Further surveys on imaging causative source faults beneath the surface are necessary to investigate the relationship between the surface ruptures and the geometry of earthquake source faults.
Finally, here we summarize the temporal seismotectonic evolution of the Kumamoto sequence:

Activity started on April 14th by the M _{JMA}6.5 foreshock close to the intersection of the Hinagu and Futagawa fault zones as rightlateral strikeslip shear movement in the NE–SW direction on fault plane(s) dipping slightly to the ESE (events No. 1 and 4).

Rightlateral strikeslip shear movements continued by simultaneous activity in the northern (dipping to the ESE) and southern (dipping to the WNW) segments of the Hinagu fault zone (events No. 8 and 9).

On April 15th, activity migrated to the southern (dipping to the WNW) segment of the Hinagu fault zone. The activity comprised the second largest foreshock M _{JMA}6.4 (event No. 2).

This was followed by the mainshock on April 16th as rightlateral shear slips complemented by normal dipslip in the Futagawa fault segment in the later phase of the rupture propagation.

Aftershocks in the area of interest were mostly normal dipslip events, spreading along the NW edge of the mainshock rupture (events No. 3, 6, 7 and 11).
Complexity of activated ruptures
The local stress field conditions (e.g., Matsumoto et al. 2015) and seismotectonic settings of the intersection of the Hinagu and Futagawa fault zones imply combination of a strikeslip and a normal dipslip shearing mechanism. Indeed, the source models for the mainshock (e.g., Asano and Iwata 2016; Kubo et al. 2016) suggest simultaneous rightlateral strikeslip shear movement complemented by normal dipslip movement of the Futagawa fault segment. The rupture of the mainshock then has to be complex and segmented to two or more fault planes (as suggested by the mainshock source models).
The analyzed foreshocks and aftershocks are mostly rightlateral strikeslip and a normal dipslip shearing event with insignificant CLVD component and hence may be assumed as single fault plane ruptures. The exceptions are the M _{JMA}6.5 foreshock (event No. 1) and the M _{JMA}5.4 aftershock (event No. 7) with significant CLVD component and Taxis as the main principal stress axis. These two events can be interpreted as a result of complex ruptures composed of rightlateral strikeslip and a normal dipslip fault plane with preserved Taxis (Fig. 7). The assumption of preserved Taxis is in accord the inferred principal stress in Fig. 11, where σ _{3} is stable in N–S direction. Such interpretation of nonDC component is supported by the static slip model for the M _{JMA}6.5 foreshock inferred from InSAR data (Kobayashi 2017), being composed of rightlateral strikeslip displacement on the Hinagu fault segment and normal dipslip displacement on the Futagawa fault segment.
Comparison with routine MT catalogues
The MTs for most of the processed events were also inferred routinely by JMA and NIED institutions. Our and JMA approaches infer CMTs by searching the centroid location in both horizontal and vertical directions. Contrarily, NIED fixes the horizontal centroid location at the (revised) JMA epicenter and searches for the centroid depth only.
Our MTs are compared with solutions from JMA and NIED catalogues in Fig. 6. Our solutions generally agree with both agency MTs in terms of nodal planes angles, while nonDC components agree better with JMA (e.g., see the DC component percentage for the M _{JMA}6.4 foreshock, No. 2 in Fig. 6). This can be related to the use of higher number of records from shorter epicenter distances and searching CMT in both horizontal and vertical directions in our and JMA approaches. Moreover, uncertainty estimate by our approach allows the assessment of reliability of the inferred nonDC component. For example, in cases of events No. 2 and 11 (Fig. 6), the JMA and our solutions exhibit opposite signs of the CLVD component, but this difference is within the estimated uncertainty.
Conclusions
We have presented application of the innovative Bayesian fullwaveform CMT inversion method, which takes into account uncertainty of the velocity model. The approach allows us to reliably assess the uncertainty of the source parameters, which proved to be beneficial in terms of interpretation of the results (statistical significance of selected source parameters). Additionally, we have implemented decomposition of MT with significant CLVD component into two shear MTs with preserved Taxis as a physical constraint.
The methodology has been applied to significant earthquakes from the Kumamoto sequence of April 2016 with M _{JMA} magnitude in range of 4.8–6.5. The quality of the inferred solutions is mostly high as we have used dense network of local to regional receivers. The inferred CMT solutions show systematic spatial and temporal variations. Hence, we have estimated geometry of the major activated ruptures and interpreted them in the seismotectonic framework. Foreshocks imply rightlateral NE–SW strikeslip movements in the Hinagu fault zone. Aftershocks are mostly normal dipslip events spreading along the NW edge of the assumed mainshock fault plane. Moreover, the inferred CMTs with significant CLVD component may suggest a complex source process. These events can be interpreted as a result of complex ruptures composed of rightlateral strikeslip and a normal dipslip fault plane. Our model of major activated ruptures inferred from seismic data is consistent with the local tectonic settings, stress field conditions and geodetic data.
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MH analyzed the data and drafted the manuscript. KA suggested to analyze 2016 Kumamoto sequence and supported the research by knowledge of the local seismotectonic conditions. FG contributed mainly in methodology and with primary draft corrections. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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The authors thank all operators involved in station maintenance at KNET, KiKnet and Fnet networks. We appreciate relative locations of hypocenters (same as in Kato et al. 2016) provided by A. Kato from Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan. Generic Mapping Tools (Wessel and Smith 1998) was used to draw the figures. This paper is based on achievements of the collaborative research program (28S02) of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University. We acknowledge financial support by the Grant Agency of the Charles University project GAUK728916 and Charles University Grant SVV 260447/2017. We are grateful to two anonymous reviewers for their comments that improved the original manuscript.
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Hallo, M., Asano, K. & Gallovič, F. Bayesian inference and interpretation of centroid moment tensors of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake sequence, Kyushu, Japan. Earth Planets Space 69, 134 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s4062301707214
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