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Highresolution 3D earthquake forecasting beneath the greater Tokyo area
Earth, Planets and Space volume 71, Article number: 113 (2019)
Abstract
We propose an extended 3D space (longitude, latitude, and depth) epidemictype aftershock sequence (ETAS) model for seismicity forecasts beneath the greater Tokyo area (the Kanto region), which also takes into account the effects induced by the M9 TohokuOki earthquake of 2011. The model is characterized by a number of 3D locationdependent parameters, such as the background seismicity rates, and the productivity rate induced by the Tohoku earthquake. These allow production of highresolution predictive mappings in zones where hypocenters are densely populated. The optimally inverted 3D spatial images of the characterizing parameters effectively discriminate seismicity features in the crust and near the plate boundaries. The success of the model is demonstrated using short, intermediate and longterm probability forecasts of intermediate and large earthquake occurrences beneath the Kanto region.
Introduction and data
The dense population of the Tokyo metropolis prompted the government’s Earthquake Research Committee (2004) to predict, and subsequently update, the longterm probability of an M7 class earthquake beneath the southern Kanto Plain. The estimated occurrence probability of such an earthquake, during the next 30 years, is 70–80%. This estimate is based on earthquake records since 1885 (Utsu 1982), a number of historical disastrous earthquakes (e.g. Utsu 2002), assumption of a stationary temporal Poisson process, and application of the Gutenberg–Richter (GR) law in the focal area. However, there has been little prior study of the spatial distribution of event probabilities associated with such a forecast.
The Kanto region urgently requires a 3D short and mediumterm seismicity forecasting model. Because three tectonic plates meet beneath Kanto Plain (see Fig. 1), their interactions, and hence forecasting of the occurrence of interplate and intraplate earthquakes, are too complex for approaches such as the 2D space–time epidemictype aftershock sequence (ETAS) models, as proposed by Ogata (2011), which ignores the depths of earthquakes.
Recently, Guo et al. (2018) applied a 3D space–time ETAS model in the Kanto region. They separated depth effects from the horizontal 2D space, and showed that such a separable 3D model fits observations significantly better than the 2D model. However, it is known that earthquake occurrence rates are significantly dependent on the configuration of the interacting and colliding plates beneath the Kanto Plain. Hence, we here define a flexible 3D hierarchical space–time ETAS model that allows for such effects. Furthermore, recent seismic activity beneath the Kanto region has been induced by the M9 TohokuOki earthquake of March 11, 2011. Indeed, Ishibe et al. (2011) reported increased seismicity rates in many subregions in the Kanto area. Thus, new modeling should take this induced effect into consideration (e.g., Dietrich 1994; Parsons et al. 2012).
Our focus was the Kanto cuboid bounded by 138.5°–141.5°E and 34.5°–37.0°N, down to a depth of 100 km, as shown in Fig. 1. We have used space–time locations and magnitudes of earthquakes of M ≥ 4 selected from the Hypocenter Catalog of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA 2018) from 1923 to 2015. Our modelfitting target period was from 1926 to 2015, but we also considered the precursory period from 1923 to 1925, including the M7.9 great Kanto earthquake of September 1, 1923. This ensured the stationarity of the ETAS models in the target period.
The hypocenters well delineate the plate boundaries (Fig. 1b, c), after the unification of catalogs post October 1997 (cf., Acknowledgements). In this work, we adopted the Philippine Sea (PHS) Plate and the Pacific (PAC) Plate models due to Hashimoto et al. (2004) and Hashimoto and Matsu’ura (2006). There have been many different depth models proposed for the PHS Plate configuration beneath the Kanto region, mainly based on the spatial distribution of the micro earthquakes since Kasahara (1985). Also, recently, the plate boundaries in some zones have been partly delineated using repeating earthquakes (e.g., Kimura et al. 2006; Uchida et al. 2010). Our adopted plate models, covering the entire Kanto region, have been developed using cubic spline surfaces determined on the basis of tectonic loading mechanics and seismic, geodetic, geologic, and geomorphic data. They are also reasonably consistent with the recent boundaries based on repeating earthquakes.
In this manuscript, we first apply the temporal ETAS model to see the change of seismicity in the Kanto region, before and after the M9 TohokuOki earthquake. Then, we analyze the seismic activity beneath the Kanto Plain using a 3D model taking the induced effects of the M9 TohokuOki earthquake into consideration. The model characteristic parameters are location dependent and we estimate them using an empirical Bayesian method (Akaike 1980) to forecast the probabilities of occurrence beneath the Kanto plain. Also, we show the inverted 3D spatial images of such characteristic parameters illustrate the discriminative seismicity patterns in the crust and on the subducting plates boundaries.
Seismicity beneath Kanto Region
Temporal seismicity
The temporal epidemictype aftershock sequence (ETAS) model (Ogata 1985, 1988, 1989) predicts occurrence rates based on the occurrence times and magnitudes of past earthquakes. However, Fig. 2a indicates a significant deviation after the 2011 M9 TohokuOki earthquake. As the M9 earthquake occurred outside of our study region, we must add an Omori–Utsu type function (Utsu et al. 1995) in such a way that
where t_{M9} is the time of occurrence of the M9 TohokuOki earthquake. Here, the Heaviside function, associated with the Omori–Utsu type function, is \(H(s)\) = 1 for \(s > 0\), H(s) = 0 otherwise. The time decay coefficient could be \(p_{M9} = 1.0\), according to the triggering effect discussed by Dietrich (1994), but we have adopted the maximum likelihood estimate (MLE), as described in Fig. 2b, which actually provides a better fit.
Figure 2b clearly shows that the model in Eq. (1) fits well throughout the entire period until 2015, and Fig. 2c shows how the expected cumulative model numbers, in the entire Kanto region, were decomposed into those of the three components; background rates, selftriggering rates (aftershock productivity), and the intensity factor induced by the M9 event. We found that the selfexciting trigger effect and the induced effect of the external M9 event are of roughly similar size.
Hierarchical 3D ETAS Model with externally induced effect
Suppose that we have observed earthquakes at time–space–magnitude coordinates \(H_{t} = \left\{ {(t_{n} ,x_{n} ,y_{n} ,z_{n} ),\,\,M_{n} \ge M_{c} ;\,\,\,n = 1,2, \ldots ,N} \right\}\) over a period [S, t] until time t and in the cuboid down to 100km depth beneath the Kanto region. Here, we propose a 3D hierarchical space–time epidemictype aftershock sequence model (HISTETAS model, in short) that forecasts the probability density of an earthquake occurrence at a future time instant t and at a location (x, y, z), under the history H_{t} of the above occurrence data, as follows:
where \((\bar{x}_{j} ,\bar{y}_{j} ,\bar{z}_{j} )\) and S_{j} are the centroid hypocenter and 3 × 3 variance–covariance matrix of a spatial cluster of aftershocks, respectively. These parameters are determined during the first 1 h, after automatically and objectively selected earthquakes, by analyzing all the detected aftershocks. Otherwise, they are the ordinary hypocenter coordinates and the 3 × 3 identity matrix, respectively. Additional file 1 provides more detail, but this procedure is simply a 3D hypocenter version from that used for 2D epicenters by Ogata (1998, 2004, 2011), Ogata et al. (2003), and Ogata and Zhuang (2016).
The background seismicity rate μ, selftriggering (aftershock) productivity K_{0}, αvalue and p value are the set 3D locationdependent parameters. Furthermore, extending the temporal model in Eq. (1), we added an Omori–Utsu type function, for the decaying effect induced by the 2011 TohokuOki M9 earthquake, in such a way that
where the productivity parameter K_{M9} of the Omori–Utsu type function is also set as 3D location dependent to show the intensity of the inducements in places where they occurred, following the TohokuOki earthquake, and t_{M9} denotes the M9 occurrence time at 14:46 18.1 on 11 March 2011 (JST).
Specifically, the locationdependent parameters take the following form:
where \(\bar{\mu }\), \(\bar{K}_{0}\), \(\bar{\alpha }\), \(\bar{p}\) and \(\bar{K}_{M9}\) are appropriately determined scalar parameters (see Table 1) and are called the reference parameters as explained below. Then, we constructed a 3D Delaunay tessellation (Tanemura et al. 1983) using the hypocenter coordinates, and some additional random points including on boundary surface of the cuboid. The above functions \(\phi_{1} (x,y,z), \ldots ,\;\) \(\phi_{5} (x,y,z)\;\) are then piecewise linear functions interpolated from the values at the vertices of the enclosing Delaunay tetrahedron, as described by Equations (S8) and (S15) in Additional file 1. We refer to such piecewise functions, \(\phi_{k} (x,y,z);\,\,k = 1, \ldots ,5,\) as the Delaunay functions. These are characterized by a number of coefficients (parameters) with more than five times the number of the earthquakes. Such a large number of parameters lead to an illposed problem, to be solved by maximizing the likelihood function. In response, we penalized the roughness (derivatives) of the \(\phi\)function to obtain a stable solution. Then, we considered the tradeoff with the goodness of fit to the data (Good and Gaskins 1971). The optimal tradeoffs for all locationdependent parameters are simultaneously attained by tuning five hyperparameters (weights for the penalties) in a Bayesian framework using Akaike’ Bayesian Criterion (ABIC, Akaike 1980) as was described for the 2D HISTETAS model in Ogata (2011); see S2 and S4 in Additional file 1 for details. However, some preparatory procedures are required.
First of all, we assumed that all the characterizing parameters in Eq. (4) are constant, so that θ = (μ, Κ_{0}, c, α, p, α_{0}, d, q, K_{M9}, c_{M9}, p_{M9}) where α = α_{0}; and then applied Eq. (3), based on Eq. (2) the space–time ETAS (STETAS) model, with externally induced effect. Next, we obtained the maximum likelihood estimates (MLEs; see Section S2.2 in Additional file 1) as listed in Table 1 (MLE).
These MLEs were then modified as the reference parameters within the locationdependent parameters μ(x, y, z) = \(\bar{\mu }\exp \{ \phi_{1} (x,y,z)\}\), K_{0}(x, y, z) = \(\bar{K}_{0} \exp \{ \phi_{2} (x,y,z)\}\), and K_{M9}(x, y, z) = \(\bar{K}_{M9} \;\exp \{ \phi_{3} (x,y,z)\}\); here \(\bar{\mu },\bar{K}_{0} ,and\bar{K}_{M9}\) are modified from the MLEs using the zero sum mean calibration of \(\phi_{1} (x,y,z)\), \(\phi_{2} (x,y,z)\) and \(\phi_{3} (x,y,z)\); whereas, the MLE scalar parameters \(\hat{\alpha }_{0} ,\hat{\alpha },\hat{p},\hat{c},\hat{d},\hat{c}_{M9} ,\ {\rm and} \ \hat{p}_{M9}\) remained the same in Eqs. (2) and (3). The resulting model, called the μK_{0}K_{M9}hierarchical space–time ETAS (HISTETAS) model, modified the constants \(\bar{\mu },\bar{K},\,\) \(\bar{K}_{M9} \,\) and the other scalar baseline parameters, as given in Table 1 (REF1) as well as the optimal solutions of \(\phi_{1} (x,y,z)\), \(\phi_{2} (x,y,z)\) and \(\phi_{3} (x,y,z)\) as explained in Section S2.3 of Additional file 1.
Finally, these MLEs were further modified for all of the reference parameters including the locationdependent parameters: α (x, y, z) = \(\bar{\alpha }\;\exp \{ \phi_{4} (x,y,z)\}\), and p(x, y, z) = \(\bar{p}\;\exp \{ \phi_{5} (x,y,z)\}\), where \(\bar{\mu },\bar{K}_{0} ,\bar{\alpha },\bar{p},\,\text{and}\,\bar{K}_{M9}\) were modified from the REF1 parameters by the zero sum mean calibration of each of \(\phi_{1} (x,y,z)\), \(\phi_{2} (x,y,z)\), \(\phi_{3} (x,y,z)\), \(\phi_{4} (x,y,z)\) and \(\phi_{5} (x,y,z)\); whereas, the REF1 scalar parameters \(\hat{\alpha }_{0} ,\hat{c},\hat{d},\hat{c}_{M9} ,\ {\rm and} \ \hat{p}_{M9}\) remained the same in Eqs. (2) and (3). The resulting model, called the 5 parametershierarchical space–time ETAS (5paHISTETAS) model, modified the constants \(\bar{\mu },\bar{K},\)\(\bar{K}_{M9}\)\(\bar{\alpha },\bar{p},\) and the other scalar baseline parameters as given in Table 1 (REF2) as well as the optimal solutions of \(\phi_{1} (x,y,z)\), \(\phi_{2} (x,y,z)\) and \(\phi_{3} (x,y,z)\) as explained in Section S2.4 of Additional file 1.
Using the fixed reference parameters in Table 1, we determined the Delaunay functions for the locationdependent parameters in Eqs. (2) and (3) (see Section S2.3 for the detail). In spite of the intensive computation required, the proposed models should be robust and should work reasonably well for future earthquake prediction in the 3D cuboid beneath the entire Kanto area. This expectation is found on the generation of optimal solutions for the parameters and subsequent forecasts at all vertices of the Delaunay tessellation; that is, the colored particles in Fig. 3. Linear interpolation, within the tetrahedron formed by the four nearest particles, then generates those statistics for any location within and beneath the Kanto region.
Some demonstrations of the 3D model
This section presents 3D images of the locationdependent parameters and occurrence rates on certain horizontal planes and plate surfaces that cross the 3D solution space. Specifically, Fig. 3 shows a horizontal plane, and the upper surfaces of the Pacific and Philippine Sea Plates beneath Kanto Plain. In the remainder of this paper, we provide 2D color images based on interpolation of the 3D solutions at the following surfaces: horizontal planes of depth 10 km and 20 km, and the upper surfaces of the Pacific and Philippine Sea Plates beneath Kanto Plain.
In the following, we evaluate the output of the estimation model, using the particular locationdependent parameters μ and K_{M9} in Eqs. (2) and (3), and describe notable characteristics of model solutions and their implications for earthquake forecasting beneath the Kanto region. The Supplementary Information details the solution of all the other parameters including selftriggering parameter K_{0}, which can be applied in generic shortterm space–time large earthquake aftershock forecasting, as discussed in "Shortterm, intermediate and longterm 3D forecasting" section.
Short and intermediateterm seismicity forecasts
The space–time model was estimated from data of M ≥ 4 earthquakes in the period from the beginning of 1923 to the end of 2015. The earthquakes in the precursory first 2 years were used to adjust for the stationarity of the model, while the remaining data (target period) were used for parameter estimation.
Once the estimates were established, the model itself did not change, and prediction was based on additionally observed earthquakes by using the estimated space–time occurrence rates in Eqs. (3) with (2). For example, consider the forecasting, on June 16, 2018, of M ≥ 4 earthquake occurrence rates. Figure 4a–d shows 2D snapshots of the spatial occurrence rates on the surfaces described in Fig. 3.
To test this prospective prediction, we superimposed the locations of M ≥ 3.0 earthquakes (plus signs) that occurred near the depths of either of the two horizontal planes or of the upper plate surfaces, in the period till the end of November 2018. The M5.0 earthquake in panel (c) of Fig. 4 was the largest earthquake during the monitoring period. Assuming that the GR law holds in the range 3.0 ≤ M ≤ 5.0, the panels suggest that the forecasts are working very well. Specifically, in the places where the forecast occurrence rate is high, moderate earthquakes are very likely in the short and intermediateterm futures.
Background μrates useful for longterm forecasts
Figure 5 shows that the spatial pattern of the background event rates is relatively complex in comparison with other parameters such as bvalue, p and α values that are given in Figs. S1, S4, and S7, respectively, in Additional file 1. The rates are high in the mottled areas beneath the eastern offshore area and shallow crust, and on the plate boundaries. Furthermore, it is remarkably high for depths of 40–80 km in the clustered zone approximately 50 km northwest of Lake Kasumigaura (around 140.3E, 36.0 N), appearing to penetrate through the PHS to PAC Plates. This may be an effect of depth errors in the early period of the JMA catalog.
Similarly, the background rates are high beneath the central part of Kujukuri Beach (Chiba East Coast, around 140.4E, 35.5 N). We know that earthquake swarms, associated with slow slips on the PHS, occur here (Sagiya 2004; Hirose et al. 2014). However, directly below this region, there is another intensive earthquake cluster in the PAC. There are also swarms in shallow crust in the western part of Kanto Plain, along a zone from north to south that includes the Mounts Fuji and Hakone.
The background rates are also high beneath northern Tokyo Bay on the upper interface of the PAC Plate. There have been a considerable number of historically disastrous earthquakes beneath the Tokyo Bay area (Utsu 1982, 2002). It is not known whether all these historical earthquakes, of long ago, are related to zones of high background occurrence.
We can, however, confirm, according to the JMA catalog, that many large earthquakes of M6 and larger (black disks in Fig. 5), from the last 96 years, occurred at places where background rates are high. This mapping does not include the large aftershocks of the 1923 great Kanto earthquake of M7.9.
Our analysis suggests that variation in background rates of occurrence is important for longterm forecasting of large earthquakes.
Induced effect K _{M9} parameter
The K_{M9} images in Fig. 6 characterize the sizes of induced effects in the Kanto volume resulting from static stress changes after the 11 March 2011 M9 TohokuOki earthquake. The zones of very high K_{M9} clearly include the great majority of the earthquakes that occurred in the month after the event (white circles in Fig. 6). The remarkable exceptions include shallow statically induced major earthquakes and their aftershocks (Fig. 6a); for example, at the northwestern edge (M6.7 Northern Niigata Prefecture), and also at Fujinomiya (Eastern Shizuoka Prefecture) of M6.4. Another inducement area is seen (Fig. 6d) in the zone near the upper surface of the PHS, 50 km NE from the Lake Kasumigaura. This seismicity enhancement cannot be explained solely by the static stress changes. More detailed studies are in Kumazawa and Ogata (Kumazawa 2013).
The inducing parameter K_{M9} appears to be intensively high in only some parts of the PAC Plate with high μ rates offshore in the east. On the other hand, the correlation with the background seismicity rate is less clear at about 40km depth or deeper on both plates, and we see fewer triggering effects than in the eastern offshore area. There is a zone of high K_{M9} values on the PHS off the east coast of the Boso Peninsula, which corresponds to the swarm zone associated with the triggered slow slip, 2 days after the M9 event (Hirose et al. 2014). On the whole, the inducing effect of K_{M9} is highest in the nearby part of the rupture source of the M9 TohokuOki earthquake, on the upper PAC Plate boundary.
These K_{M9} images should be carefully compared with those showing the background seismicity rate μ in Fig. 5. As seen in Figure S9b in Additional file 1, the static stress changes decreased with the distance from the M9 slip source. The mottled pattern K_{M9} after detrending such effect appears very similar to the mottled pattern of the background rate μ in each panel of Fig. 5; particularly, those on the plate boundaries of PAC and PHS in Fig. 5c, d. This means that, given a similar static stress rate, induced earthquakes are more likely to occur in zones of higher background rates.
Occurrence rate changes of earthquakes beneath the Kanto Plain before and after the 2011 TohokuOki earthquake
Equation (3) estimates the occurrence rates of M ≥ 4 earthquakes at any time instant t. The three columns of Fig. 7 show the earthquake occurrence rates for 2009.11.01, 2012.05.01 and 2018.06.30, respectively. The four rows show the crosssectional occurrence rates on the horizontal planes at 10km and 20km depths, and upper surfaces of PAC and the PHS Plates, respectively.
As the modelfitting period was from 1923 to 2015, the seismicity rates at 2009.11.01 and 2012.05.01 are interpolation. On the other hand, the occurrence rates at 2018.06.30 are extrapolations predicted using the same previous model for additional data from the period 2016–30 June 2018.
The first date 2009.11.01 precedes the 2011 Tohoku M9 earthquake, the second date 2012.05.01 is about 1 year after the M9, and the third 2018.06.30 is 7 years later. According to Fig. 7, the seismicity rate over the entire Kanto volume at 2009.11.01 is close to the estimated background rates as seen in Fig. 5. Occurrence rates increased significantly following the TohokuOki earthquake, especially along the upper interface of the subducting Pacific Plate and in the northeast offshore.
Across the region, and especially in the crustal area and on and near the shallow plate boundaries (Figs. 7a–f), the occurrence rates increased substantially after the M9 TohokuOki earthquake. In inland areas, in the following 7 years, rates then decayed back towards the preTohoku seismicity level. However, in the eastern off coast areas, the rates have not yet reduced to preTohoku levels.
The occurrence rates were particularly enhanced by the M9 TohokuOki at shallower depths (30–40 km; Figs. 7, panel PAC a–c) on the upper PAC plate. The increase lasted for some time, and then reduced gradually but, comparing the contour numbers, not yet down to preM9 event levels (Fig. 7, panel PAC a). On the other hand, there was little change in seismicity rate on the upper PHS Plate boundary (Fig. 7, panels PHS, d–f) through the entire period, except for the zone offshore of Choshi City (Inubosaki), near the middle of the east coast, where the PHS Plate is almost riding on the PAC Plate. It is pertinent that slow slips beneath the Boso Peninsula were similarly active throughout the period (Hirose et al. 2014).
Discussions
Data quality
We note here that the quality of the JMA Hypocenter Catalog (JMA, 2018) is not perfectly homogeneous throughout the considered target period. Its accuracy before 1997 is not as good as after the unification of the catalog (see Acknowledgements).
Firstly, although the JMA has been updating event depths, to replace the pre1997 grid search by free search, those from July 1976 to 1982 are still not updated and remain constrained to 10km steps. Depth accuracy has been significantly improved since 1997; the standard errors of depth, after the unification, are now mostly less than 2 km.
Second, earthquakes in the eastern far offshore areas near the boundary of our studied region are biased towards deeper depths and dispersed, as seen in Fig. 1a, as a result of onesided observation from landbased sensors.
In spite of this partial inhomogeneity in the JMA catalog, our fitted model, dependent on the accuracies of hypocenters, provides reasonable interpolation of 3D spatial occurrence rates including the spatial distribution of the aftershocks of the 1923 Kanto Earthquake. In particular, the interpolated 3D spatial occurrence rates for the period after 1997 are very accurate. Our model also the forecasts future 3D spatial seismicity rates, using processes justified by the present paper.
Relations to the Coulomb stress changes by the M9 TohokuOki Earthquake
As an integrated approximation of the TohokuOki slips, we used two rectangular source models reported by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (2011, Fig. 24 therein). At that time, due to the rake, dip and strike angles of the interplate earthquakes during the reverse faulting (see Fig. S9 in Additional file 1), the ΔCFS values on upper surface of the Pacific Plate and eastern parts of the PHS were positive (+1 to + 10 bars); while locations closer to the M9 source had higher static stress changes. On the other hand, the western parts of the subducting PHS surface had smaller negative ΔCFS values (0.8 ~ 0.2 bars) except for the offshore area east of Boso Peninsula where the strike and dip angles, due to the subducting plates, were similar to those of the PAC Plate (cf., plate boundary model in Fig. 1).
These findings are consistent with the changing seismicity rates in Fig. 7 (panels PAC and PHS), and with the corresponding K_{M9} images in Fig. 6c, d. Specifically, both the seismicity enhancements seen in the K_{M9} (x, y, z) images and the locations of earthquakes during the 1 month after the M9 event are consistent with the large ΔCFS values nearest to the slip source. This reminds us of why the seismicity changed significantly on the PAC Plate, whereas the seismicity on the PHS Plate remained almost unchanged, as described in “Induced effect K_{M9} parameter” section.
Shortterm, intermediate and longterm 3D forecasting
In the short term, after a large earthquake, we can forecast aftershocks using the 2D HISTETAS model as described in Ogata (2017). First, within an hour or so, only a quasirealtime forecast using the isotropic matrix S_{j} in Eq. (2) is made. During that time, a cluster analysis for S_{j} is carried out; then, based on this, general nonisotropic space–time forecasting based on centroid hypocenters can be implemented (see Ogata 1998, 2004; Ogata et al. 2003; Ogata and Zhuang 2006; and Ogata 2011, for the 2D cases). As an example, we confirmed that retrospective forecasting, using the present model, of 3D space–time occurrence rates, 1 h after the 1923 Kanto earthquake of M7.9, reasonably well explained the JMA locations of the aftershock hypocenters.
Thus, in principle, the shortterm probability forecast, in space–time–magnitude bins, can be calculated using the simple joint distribution of the separable combination between seismicity and magnitude:
where the estimation of the locationdependent parameter \(\hat{\beta }(x,y,z) = \hat{b}(x,y,z)\ln 10\) for magnitude frequency is obtained similarly, as described in Section S1 of Additional file 1. Then, the spatial values of both the extended HISTETAS and bvalue parameters at any location (x, y, z) can be interpolated by solving the relations in Additional file 1: Eq. (S7) and then interpolated using Additional file 1: Eq. (S8). In particular, the centroid hypocenter and variance–covariance matrix of a spatial cluster of aftershocks, represented by Eq. (2), can be determined using all detected and located earthquakes during the first one hour, say, after a large earthquake.
However, at each location, the locationdependent \(\hat{b}(x,y,z)\) values determine the frequency distributions of small earthquakes near the threshold magnitude. Indeed, the magnitude distributions, in many local subvolumes beneath Kanto plain, do not follow the GR law for larger magnitudes or take characteristic earthquake type shapes; alternative shapes, such as tapering, reflect the many modified Gutenberg–Richter magnitude frequency distributions (see Utsu 1999). Another issue is that the bvalues for the main shocks and aftershocks can be significantly different (Utsu 1971). For example, Ogata et al. (2018) could not confirm that the magnitude forecasts, using locationdependent bvalue throughout the Japan region, outperform the baseline GR law with b = 0.9 as a reference value. Hence, for now, it may be rather better to assume a generic magnitude frequency \(\hat{\beta } = \hat{b}\ln 10\) with \(\hat{b} = 0.9\), throughout the entire Kanto region, instead of \(\hat{\beta }(x,y,z)\) in Eq. (4), to provide stable forecasting.
Furthermore, for realtime aftershock forecasting, the bvalues should be estimated by taking the space–time incomplete earthquake detection rates into consideration right after a large earthquake (see Omi et al. 2013, Omi et al. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018). To this end, we are investigating the extensions of the separable combination Eq. (4) to general cases (Ogata 2017; Ogata et al. 2018).
Intermediate and longterm forecasts are considered as follows: suppose that the current time is S, and that we would like to forecast event probability over the period up to the time T. For an intermediateterm period [S, T], naive but timeconsuming forecasts could be simulations based on the two models. Firstly, a sequence of magnitude {M_{n}, n = 1, 2,…} with \(M_{n} \ge M_{c}\), using the standard or modified GR distributions with constant parameters, and with a single reference bvalue (namely, b = 0.9) for the Kanto volume, is defined. Then \((t_{n} ,x_{n} ,y_{n} ,z_{n} ),\,\,M_{n} \ge M_{c} ,\) n = 1, 2,…, N, for the period [S, T] is simulated in the 3D volume V (Ogata 1981, 1998). This simulation procedure should be repeated many times to determine the variability of the potential seismicity under various scenarios. A similar procedure was applied in the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, Version 3 (UCERF3), referred to as UCERF3ETAS (Field et al. 2017).
A more straight forward intermediate and longterm forecasting approach assumes that the relationship
holds for any location. Then, the space–time forecast can be performed, by multiplying \(\hat{\beta }\,e^{{  \hat{\beta }\,(M  M_{c} )}}\) with (5), for each location and magnitude range where the GR Law holds.
Conclusion
The temporal ETAS model shows how seismicity patterns in the Kanto region, before and after the M9 TohokuOki earthquake, differ significantly. Hence, we modeled the seismic activity beneath the Kanto Plain using a combination of a 3D ETAS model and the Omori–Utsu formula for the induced effects of the M9 TohokuOKI earthquake. The model characteristic parameters are location dependent, and were estimated using piecewise linear functions on 3D Delaunay tessellation and an empirical Bayesian method using the ABIC. These parameterizations within our method provided highresolution images in zones where hypocenters are dense. They accurately forecast, as we successfully demonstrated, the short, intermediate and longterm probabilities of occurrence beneath the Kanto plain.
Based on the hypocenter catalog for a century of earthquake events, we obtained inversion solutions for key locationdependent parameters, including the background seismicity rates, the selfexciting (aftershock) productivity rates, and the M9induced productivity rate. The optimally inverted 3D spatial images of such characteristic parameters illustrate the discriminative seismicity patterns in the crust and on the subducting plates boundaries.
In particular, the background rate appears quite useful for longterm forecasting of large earthquakes. The external triggering factor shows the zones where the induced effect took place. These overlap with zones of high and intense background rate on the Pacific Plate boundary, but depend on distance from the M9 source. As yet, activity levels have not reduced back to those before the megaevent.
Availability of data and materials
The JMA Hypocenter data used in this paper are available from the JMA (2018).
Abbreviations
 ABIC:

Akaike’s Bayesian Information Criterion
 ΔCFS:

Delta Coulomb Failure Stress
 ETAS model:

epidemic type aftershock sequence
 HISTETAS model:

hierarchical space–time ETAS model
 GR Law:

Gutenberg and Richter’s Law
 JMA:

Japan Meteorological Agency
 MLE:

maximum likelihood estimate
 PHS Plate:

Philippine Sea Plate
 PAC Plate:

Pacific Plate
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We thank the JMA, the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), nine relevant universities and four other public institutions for providing hypocenter data; and Mitsuhiro Matsuura, Naoki Kimura, and Toshiko Terakawa, for very useful discussions and advice on the relevant subjects. We also thank Chihiro Hashimoto for the CAMP data on plate configurations. We also thank Robert Shcherbakov and the reviewers for their useful comments.
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This research was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers 17H00727. This study was supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, under the Tokyo Metropolitan Resilience Project, Ministry of Education.
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YO led and designed the entire research at the request of NH. YO constructed the forecasting models, carried out the data analysis, interpreted the results, and drafted the manuscript. HT compiled the data for the analysis, KK drew all the figures. YO, HT, and NH discussed the results and commented on the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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Ogata, Y., Katsura, K., Tsuruoka, H. et al. Highresolution 3D earthquake forecasting beneath the greater Tokyo area. Earth Planets Space 71, 113 (2019) doi:10.1186/s4062301910867
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Keywords
 3D Delaunay tessellation
 Hierarchical space–time ETAS model
 Induced seismicity
 Penalized log likelihood function
 Akaike‘s Bayesian Criterion
 M9 TohokuOki Earthquake