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Prediction and validation of shorttolongterm earthquake probabilities in inland Japan using the hierarchical space–time ETAS and space–time Poisson process models
Earth, Planets and Space volume 74, Article number: 110 (2022)
Abstract
A hierarchical space–time version of the epidemictype aftershock sequence (HIST–ETAS) model was constructed for an optimally adapted fit to diverse seismicity features characterized by anisotropic clustering as well as regionally distinct parameters. This manuscript validates this elaborate model for shortterm prediction based on several years of recent inland Japan earthquakes as a testing data set, by evaluating the results using a loglikelihood ratio score. To consider intermediate and longterm performance, several types of space–time Poisson models are compared with the background seismicity rate of the HIST–ETAS model. Results show first that the HIST–ETAS model has the best shortterm prediction results for earthquakes in the range of magnitudes from M4.0 to M5.0, although, for the larger earthquakes, sufficient recent earthquake data is lacking to evaluate the performance. Second, for intermediateterm predictions, the optimal spatial nonuniform Poisson intensity model has a better forecast performance than the seismic background intensity of the HIST–ETAS model, while the uniform rate Poisson model throughout all of inland Japan has the worst forecast performance. For earthquakes of M6 or larger, the performance of retrospective longterm forecasts was tested in two ways. First, a retrospective forecasting experiment divided the entire period from 1885 to the present into two parts, with the recent ~ 30 years as the forecast period. Second, the historical damaging earthquake data (599–1884) were spatially validated using century data from 1885 to the present. In both validations, it was determined that the spatial intensity of the inland background seismic activity of the HIST–ETAS model is much better than the bestfit nonuniform Poisson spatial model, leading to the best results. The findings of this study will be critical for regional earthquake hazard planning in Japan and similar locations worldwide.
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Introduction
Earthquake occurrence patterns vary greatly from place to place and exhibit a variety of clustering characteristics. For this purpose, practical space–time extensions of the epidemictype aftershock sequence model (ETAS) model (Ogata 1985, 1988, 1989; Ogata et al. 1993) have been proposed (Ogata 1998). Such a space–time ETAS model can be sufficiently accurate in the sense that it adapts well in time and space to various local activity patterns and predicts them well. Indeed, in the above space–time ETAS model, automatic data modifications are implemented from the ordinary epicenter positions of the rupture initiation and an isotropic aftershock distribution. For example, they can be elliptical contourshaped spatial aftershock distributions (Utsu 1969) that reflect the ratio of the length to width of the fault, the tilt angle, and use of centroid main shock epicenters for aftershocks of unilateral fault rupture. To identify these features, earthquakes of a certain magnitude or higher, all subsequently detected and located earthquakes within a short time span (say, 1 h) are automatically processed using the Akaike Information Criterion (Akaike 1974):
where the maximizing parameter \(\hat{\theta }\) is the maximum likelihood estimate (MLE).
In contrast, we know empirically that, as the magnitude threshold decreases and the number of data events increases or as the area becomes wider, the differences in the parameter values of the model between locations become larger. For example, it is clear that the p values of aftershock attenuation vary from place to place, and in particular, the background seismicity rates vary largely from place to place. Therefore, in Ogata (1998), we extended the bestfit case of the candidate space–time ETAS models to a hierarchical version (hierarchical space–time ETAS model, hereafter referred to as HIST–ETAS model), whose parameters depend on the location of the earthquake (Ogata et al. 2003 and Ogata 2004).
The parameter estimation of the HIST–ETAS model by Ogata et al. (2003) and Ogata (2011) as well as the nonhomogeneous Poisson model used in this manuscript rely on the Akaike Bayesian Information Criterion (ABIC; Akaike 1980):
where w is a hyperparameter vector representing some weights to determine the strengths of the smoothness constraints within the parameter coefficients \(\theta\). The hyperparameters \(\hat{w}\) minimizing the ABIC will optimally smooth constraints of a large number of parameter coefficients \(\theta\) by maximizing \({\text{Posterior}}(\theta \hat{w})\); we call this \(\hat{\theta }\), the maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimate. However, it is necessary to demonstrate that the pluggedin forecasting model using the MAP solution has excellent prediction ability in the case of a large number of parameter coefficients. Additional methodological details are provided by Ogata et al. (2003) and Ogata (2004, 2011). Relevant computational FORTRAN codes and practical manuals are also available (Ogata et al. 2021).
In this manuscript, I aim to validate this elaborate Bayesiantype model from the short, medium, and longterm forecasting viewpoints using earthquakes that occurred in inland Japan as a testing data set, by evaluating the results using loglikelihood ratio scores. Specifically, I consider shallow earthquakes of M4.0 or greater for the period 1923–2018 in inland Japan (see Fig. 1), selected from the Hypocenter Catalog of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), hereafter referred to as the JMA catalog (JMA, 2021). I further use the Utsu catalog for 1885–1922 (Utsu 1982, 1985), for the precursory data to withstand the stationary nature of the ETAS model, whose magnitude determination method is consistent with the JMA catalog. Although the Utsu catalog is complete with earthquakes of M6 or higher, I use them as the precursory history in the HIST–ETAS model in the target period, since such large earthquakes affect the seismic activity in the target and forecasting period under study. The time frame concept of shorttolongterm forecasting varies from author to author, but in the context of this study I define shortterm forecasting to mean within a few days, mediumterm forecasting to mean within a few years, and longterm forecasting to mean longer.
Probability forecasting and verification methods
For the spatiotemporal element, defined as Δ(t, x, y) = [t, t + dt) × [x, x + dx) × [y, y + dy), in which earthquakes of a certain magnitude threshold or higher may occur, the occurrence probability satisfies the following relationship for calculating the shortterm forecast of earthquake occurrence, depending on the history of past occurrences:
where λ(t, x, y H_{t}) is a conditional intensity function, and \(\,H_{t} = \left\{ {(t_{j} ,x_{j}, y_{j} ,M_{j} );\,\,t_{j} < t,\,\,\,M_{j} \ge M_{c} } \right\}\) represents the history of earthquake occurrence time {t_{i}} up to time t, its corresponding epicenters (x_{i}, y_{i}), and magnitudes M_{i}.
Here, if a model is independent of history and time t, in such a way that
this actually characterizes a stationary space–time Poisson process.
As for models for the magnitude sequence, considering that
the probability of the occurrence of an earthquake of magnitude M can be provided in principle by the multiplication λ(t, x, y H_{t})·f (M  H_{t}). In fact, the magnitude sequence is mathematically historydependent, and there is a case for it (Ogata et al. 2018). However, only a limited number of models for studying the dependence is available. So far, most previous research results assume that f (M  H_{t}) is independent of history and then distributed by the Gutenberg–Richter law (G–R) (Gutenberg and Richter, 1944) or its modifications (Utsu, 1999). Therefore, for simplicity, I have assumed f (M  H_{t}) = f (M) = \(\,10^{{  \hat{b}\,\,(M  4.0)}}\) in this manuscript hereafter.
Suppose that various pointprocess models \(\lambda_{\theta } (t,x,yH_{t} )\,\) are obtained from the earthquake occurrence data with magnitudes \(M \ge 4.0\) whose parameters \(\hat{\theta }\) are obtained by the Bayesian maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimate as described in “Estimation of the HIST–ETAS and space–time Poisson process models for predicting seismic activity over a wide area” section. Then, for predictors of earthquakes of M_{c} and larger is computed by
with the MLE \(\hat{b}\) of G–R law. Thus, the standard short, intermediate, and longterm seismicity forecasts are implemented throughout the inland region of Japan (see Fig. 1) using the specific models introduced in “Estimation of the HIST–ETAS and space–time Poisson process models for predicting seismic activity over a wide area” section.
Then, I adopt the space–time loglikelihood score calculated from the occurrence prediction as an evaluation criterion and the result in the forecasting time interval [S, T] is as follows:
Here, it should be noted that, even with truncated or tapered magnitude distributions, there is no mathematical inconsistency when integrating from M_{c} to infinity.
Alternatively, the spatial loglikelihood score
where \(\lambda (x,y,M) = \lambda (x,y) \cdot 10^{{  b(M  M_{c} )}}\). The likelihood in (8) is actually conditional on the given fixed number of occurred earthquakes in the likelihood in (7) in case where the intensity function is history independent, namely, Poisson processes. Here, it should be noted that the periods for estimation and prediction should be mutually disjointed for the space–time Poisson processes. For earthquakes of M_{c }= 6.0 or larger, I conducted a retrospective forecasting experiment by dividing the entire period from 1885 to the present into two parts, using the last part of approximately 30 years as the forecast period. Furthermore, as a longterm backcast of large earthquakes, I attempt to crossvalidate historical earthquakes against the JMA data to evaluate the performance of the spatial Poisson models.
Estimation of the HIST–ETAS and space–time Poisson process models for predicting seismic activity over a wide area
HIST–ETAS model
The HIST–ETAS model (Ogata 2015, 2016, 2017a, b, and 2020) is defined by the following equation:
This equation separates the background seismicity rate µ and the superposed space–time clusters. In the clusters, the temporal factor adheres to the Omori–Utsu law characterized by the parameters K, c and p; and the spatial factor assumes the inverse powerlaw of distance with the parameter q and scaling size is characterized by α, considering the following 2 × 2 covariance matrix depicting the possible anisotropy of spatial clustering distribution:
Furthermore, sometimes the center of spatial clustering does not coincide with the epicenter coordinates of the triggering earthquake (Additional file 1: Fig. S1) particularly in cases where the earthquake is so large that it is necessary to estimate the centroid coordinates \((\overline{x}_{i} ,\overline{y}_{i} )\). Both \((\overline{x}_{i} ,\overline{y}_{i} )\) and the covariance matrix S_{i} are automatically determined in quasireal time after a relatively large earthquake of a certain magnitude or higher; for further details, see Section S1 in Additional file 1. Additional file 1: Fig. S1 shows some examples of this type of diverse spatial cluster of earthquakes that occurred within 1 h.
Furthermore, as it is necessary to make accurate predictions that reflect regional characteristics, I made the key parameter functions locationdependent so as to be able to run the HIST–ETAS model (9) with locationdependent parameters that adapt to various local seismicity patterns over a wide region. Therefore, as explained in Section S2 and Fig. S2 in the Additional file 1, each of the locationdependent parameters μ(x, y), K(x, y), α(x, y), p(x, y), and q(x, y) are represented by piecewise functions on Delaunay triangles. Namely, the value at any location (x, y) is linearly interpolated by the three values (the coefficients) at the locations of the nearest three earthquakes (triangle vertices) on the tessellated plane by the epicenters. When the parameters α, p, and q depend on the location (x, y), as in (9), it is called the HIST–ETAS–5pa model, and when they are constant, it is called the HIST–ETAS–μK model.
We are particularly concerned with sensitive spatial estimates of the first two parameter functions of the model. First, the estimated parameter function μ(x, y) of the background activity is useful as the perpetuity probability, as will be discussed for longterm forecasting in “Results and evaluation of short, intermediate and longterm predictions in the seismic activity of inland Japan” section. Next, the parameter function K(x, y) represents heterogeneous aftershock productivity in space, which is useful for an accurate shortterm prediction, because spatial aftershock intensity could possibly be heterogeneous in and around an asperity zone of fault rupture (Ogata 2004). Fortunately, the coefficients of these two factors are linear with respect to the loglikelihood function (Ogata 1978) such that its maximizing solutions are stably obtained.
Such a large model needs to be estimated with mutually constrained coefficients of parameter functions, which are determined by the ABIC (Akaike 1980). Then, I solve the inverse problem to find the parameter that maximizes the posterior distribution, i.e., the MAP estimate. The coefficients of the parameter functions are simultaneously estimated by maximizing a penalized loglikelihood function described in Additional file 1: Sects. S2 and S3 that determines the optimum tradeoff between the goodness of fit to the data and uniformity constraints of the functions (i.e., facets of each piecewise linear function being as flat as possible) as mathematically described in Additional file 1: Section S2. Such an optimum tradeoff is objectively attained by minimizing the ABIC in (2) (see “Results and evaluation of short, intermediate and longterm predictions in the seismic activity of inland Japan” section), which evaluates the expected predictive error of Bayesian models based on the data used for the estimation (e.g., Ogata 2004).
These parameter coefficients are represented by piecewise linear Delaunay functions, which are estimated by fitting them to the JMA seismic source data for earthquakes of M ≥ 4.0, in the target time interval 1923–2018. To ensure the longterm dependence of the seismic activity model, I further use the Utsu catalog from 1885 to 1922 (Utsu 1982, 1985) of the earlier interval for the precursory data to withstand the stationary nature of the ETAS model. The optimal posterior distribution of the coefficients of the local linear Delaunay function is then obtained by minimizing the ABIC, and the inverse problem is solved to obtain the MAP; the conditional intensities of the MAP coefficients are then used for shortterm prediction. The prediction programs of the above models, HIST–ETAS–μK and HIST–ETAS–5pa, have already been submitted to the CSEP (Collaboratory for the Study of Earthquake Predictability) Testing Center at the Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo (Tsuruoka et al. 2012), and are undergoing comparative validation in different frameworks together with a number of space–time ETAS derived models as described by Nanjo et al. (2012) and Ogata et al. (2013). In this manuscript, a snapshot is shown in Fig. 2a that is taken from the conditional intensity function in Eq. (3) of HIST–ETAS–5pa model with the MAP parameters estimated during the target period 1923–2018 and the precursory period 1885–1922, along with another snapshot from the forecasting period 2019–2021 shown in Fig. 2b by establishing the forecasting model using data obtained from the precursory period 1885–2018. Figure 2a depicts the seismicity of onshore earthquakes at the time about 4 h after the M9 Tohoku–Oki earthquake, and Fig. 2b is predicted seismicity at the time about 3 days after the M6.7 Yamgata–Ken–Oki earthquake.
Space–time Poison process models
Similarly, I considered four types of Poisson spatiotemporal models (4) that are stationary in time but nonuniform in space, independent of history. Calculations for these models are implemented for all short, intermediate, and longterm forecasts.
First, I consider the inland uniform Poisson process model with the same rate of occurrence only in the inland region and zero rate of occurrence outside the inland region (see Fig. 3a), such that
where the inland region boundary is shown in Fig. 1. Second, I use a spatial nonuniform Poisson process model of
with the optimal MAP estimate of a piecewise linear Delaunay function obtained by the ABIC minimization (see Fig. 3b and Additional file 1: S3b). The third is the background intensity rate of the HIST–ETAS–μK model (see Fig. 3c and Additional file 1: S3c) such that
where the proportional constant is adjusted using the average number of earthquakes per year in the target estimation period, and the last is
which is the background intensity rate of the HIST–ETAS–5pa model (see Fig. 3d and Additional file 1: S3d) with constant correction, both (13) and (14) are spatial nonuniform Poisson process models. The MAP estimates μ(x,y) of the HIST–ETAS model for the background seismic activity are very stable in the sense that they consistently show very similar solutions for the data because of the selection of the period of interest; see, for example, see Additional file 1: Fig. S4.
Results and evaluation of short, intermediate and longterm predictions in the seismic activity of inland Japan
The HIST–ETAS models were applied to the target data collected from both the JMA (1923–2018, M ≥ 4.0) and Utsu catalogs together (1885–1922, M ≥ 6.0) regarding large earthquakes that occurred in the precursory period; and the optimal Bayesian likelihood was determined by minimizing the ABIC. It was found that the HIST–ETAS–5pa model fitted significantly better than the HIST–ETAS–μK model for estimation in the widearea seismic data, with a difference of ABIC = 1533.5. However, such a prediction model that inserts the MAP estimate into the posterior distribution model (plugin model) is not necessarily superior in prediction skill (Akaike 1978).
Therefore, I examined the prediction ability of the proposed model by calculating the space–time loglikelihood score (7) of the prediction results using the plugin predictor (6) of the MAP estimate model among the above models applied to the future data. Here, historical information \(\,H_{t} = \left\{ {(t_{j} ,x_{j} , y_{j} ,M_{j} );\,\,t_{j} < t,\,\,\,M_{j} \ge 4.0} \right\}\) is the information on the occurrence of earthquakes of M4.0 or greater up to time t at the end of 2018. In the case of the Poisson process model, historical information H_{t} is not necessary. It can also be compared and evaluated with the results of earthquake predictions for earthquakes of medium and large magnitude (M ≥ 4, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5), assuming that the b value of the G–R law in the entire inland region is uniformly 0.9, i.e., the MLE equals 0.9. The time frame of shorttolongterm forecasting in the following refers to the definitions as: shortterm forecasting to mean within a few days, mediumterm forecasting to mean within a few years, and longterm forecasting to mean longer than a few years.
Shortterm forecasts
In the evaluation, I evaluated the shortterm forecasting results using the loglikelihood ratio scores compared to those of the inland uniform Poisson process model (11) that has the locationindependent forecast probability. Table 1 shows that the HIST–ETAS–5pa model has the best shortterm prediction results for earthquakes up to the M5 class for the last 2 years and 9 months, followed by the HIST–ETAS–μK model; both of the HIST–ETAS models are far superior to the Poisson process models. This may be taken to suggest that, generally, triggered clusters are forecasted well in the shortterm by the HIST–ETAS models. However, for earthquakes of M ≥ 5.5 in this table, the inland nonuniform model looks best, though this evaluation is unstable, since it uses only 3 such events. For a stable evaluation, more events of that magnitude would be required, and thus, accordingly, a longer experiment period would also be required.
Intermediate forecasts
Obtaining intermediateterm forecasts taking account of the clustering effect of the HIST–ETAS model may present challenges for further evaluations. This is because I need to simulate future data of magnitude series. For example, I need to use the G–R rule to simulate the magnitude many times for intermediately forecasting by the HIST–ETAS models for such scenario earthquakes and observe how they change. This needs to be done under a large number of, say, 10,000 iterations of calculations to show the variation of the spatiotemporally predicted probability density for all possible scenarios.
Alternatively, for an intermediateterm forecast for the period of a few years, I apply the space–time Poisson models with the intensity functions (11)–(14), where (13) and (14) are obtained by multiplication of the normalized background intensity of each HIST–ETAS model and the average number of earthquakes of M ≥ 4.0 per day estimated from the target period. All intensities of the competing models are shown in Fig. 3. According to the spatial loglikelihood score (8) in Table 2 for the intermediateterm forecast of 2019 to September 2021, the optimal MAP nonuniform Poisson process model (12) in the range up to M5.5 is superior to the two background intensities of the HIST–ETAS models and much better than the spatially uniform Poisson process model (11) over the entire inland area.
Longterm forecasts
Within the last 3 years, the current number of large earthquakes (e.g., M6.0 and above) is insufficient for accurate verification, making evaluation difficult. However, large earthquakes in the longterm seem to have occurred more frequently in highly active background regions of the HIST–ETAS models (Ogata 2008, 2020). Indeed, the background rate models μ(x,y) in (13) and (14) look promising for forecasting events in the 25year period of 1996–2018 as seen in Fig. 4a, when the optimal MAP estimate is used (Additional file 1: Fig. S4a) and for which I obtained the data from the target interval 1926–1995. Therefore, I fitted the ETAS models to the data in the period 1926–1995 and then forecasted it for the period 1996–2018.
In fact, Table 3 shows that the optimal nonuniform Poisson process model forecast (12) in the range up to M5.0 again has the best performance, but the background spatial intensity of the HIST–ETAS–5pa model (14) then outperforms the others in M5.5 and larger, better than the nonuniform Poisson model (12). In particular, the inland uniform Poisson model (11) was considerably worse throughout all magnitude ranges. However, for M7.0 and larger earthquakes, the differences are not clear because of the small number of such earthquakes within 30 years.
Alternatively, instead of longterm forecasting in this present case, I try to make “backward predictions” for historical earthquakes (Utsu 1990). In other words, because of the nature of the Poisson process, I can ignore the causality of the time axis. Therefore, I can carry out a crossvalidation evaluation using score (8), where \(\hat{\lambda }\) refers to the model derived from the JMA catalog (1923–2018, M ≥ 4.0), and \(\left\{ {(x_{j} , y_{j} ,M_{j} );\,\,M_{j} \ge M_{c} } \right\}\) is the estimated epicenter of damaging historical earthquakes (599–1884) by Utsu (1990), as shown in Fig. 4b. Table 4 presents a comparison of the fit performance. In contrast to the intermediateterm forecast, the background spatial intensity of the HIST–ETAS–5pa model is the best, far better than that of the nonuniform Poisson spatial model. For earthquakes of M ≥ 7.5, the inland uniform model performs best although the difference in scores is small owing to the small sample size, and regional dependence of great earthquakes of M8 class cannot be identified within 10 centuries of historical data. Surprisingly, the performance of nonuniform Poisson spatial model (b) is remarkably poor compared to the rest of the models. Although, the nonuniform Poisson spatial model appears similar to the HIST–ETAS models in Fig. 3 in terms of background seismicity rates, the intensity of the model is more spatially concentrated, i.e., the number of contour lines is higher, compared to the HIST–ETAS models. On the other hand, historical earthquakes in the M7 class are characteristic, considered to be intrinsic to major active faults, and the recurrence interval is very long, such as around 1000 years in Japan (Matsuda 1975); therefore, the spatial density of the seismic activity of the recent last 100 years, including aftershocks, appears to be more strongly biased from compared to that of the characteristic earthquakes.
There is a lack of damage earthquakes as we go back in history and regionally (see Additional file 1: Fig. S6).Thus, similar spatial loglikelihood score are herein calculated by restricting the period of historical data to 1585–1884 and the area in lower latitude 38°N to avoid regional bias from documented earthquakes. Namely, for ancient developed regions of capital cities, such as Kyoto, Nara, and Kamakura, such earthquakes may be better documented before 1585 as seen by blue circles in Fig. 4b. Furthermore, it is unclear whether earthquakes around Tokyo Bay may be shallow, where the interplate earthquakes occur at depths of 30 km or more. Table 5 suggests that the background spatial intensity of the HIST–ETAS–5pa model is best for all range of magnitudes, far better than the other Poisson spatial models.
Probability forecasting on a cell
When the MAP coefficients of the background intensities of the HIST–ETAS–5pa at the vertices of Delaunay triangles spanned by M ≥ 4.0 earthquakes is adopted in Fig. 5a, which is equivalent to Fig. 3d and Additional file 1: S3d that are the interpolated image at each 0.1° × 0.1° grid. Thus, consider a grid cell (i, j) of a small area ∆^{2} in the inland, and assume that the integral of background intensity \(\hat{\mu }(x,y)\) over the cell is approximated as \(\hat{\mu }(i,j)\). Then, according to Eqs. (3)–(6), longterm probability of a large earthquake of M_{c} or more for the future predicting period [T, U] is calculated by
where the proportional constant is ratio of all M ≥ 4.0 earthquakes over the entirety of inland Japan in the training period [S, T] to the expected sum of the background probability \(\hat{\mu }(i,j) \cdot \Delta^{2} (T  S)\,\) over all cells in the inland. If we set b = 0.9, \(\Delta = 0.2^{ \circ }\) and U–T = 30 years to forecast M ≥ 6.0 earthquake on the 20 × 20 km cell, Fig. 5b shows the approximate longterm probabilities for a 30year period.
Conclusions
This study used HIST–ETAS models and nonhomogeneous space–time Poisson models including derivative models of the HIST–ETAS for the short, intermediate, and longterm probability forecasting of inland earthquakes in Japan. Based on the source data from the Utsu and the JMA hypocenter catalogs, Japan inland earthquake prospective forecasting for the later years and also postdictions of historical disaster earthquakes are presented and evaluated.
The space–time loglikelihood scores were applied to evaluate the results of the shortterm prediction for the recent few years, which showed that the locationdependent HIST–ETAS–5pa model provided the best prediction results, followed by the less locationdependent HIST–ETAS–μK model, for earthquakes of sizes ranging from M4.0 to M5.0. Both of the HIST–ETAS models performed far better than the Poisson process models owing to the clustering feature, even for larger earthquakes.
Furthermore, for intermediate and longterm prediction, the spatial loglikelihood score was adopted. Among several compared Poisson process models, the optimal nonuniform Poisson process model in the range up to M5.0 is found to be superior to the two background intensities of the HIST–ETAS model and performed much better than the spatially uniform Poisson process model over the entire inland area for an intermediateterm forecast of 2019–2021.
For a longterm forecast of large earthquakes for the range up to the M7 class, the training estimation period was reduced to 1885–1995 to evaluate retrospective forecasts for a sufficient number of larger earthquakes in the prediction period of 26 years during 1996–2021. It was found by the spatial loglikelihood score that the optimal nonuniform Poisson process model forecast in the range up to M5.0 had the best performance, but the background spatial intensity of the HIST–ETAS–5pa model outperformed the others in the class of M5.5 and larger, better than the nonuniform Poisson spatial model.
Finally, for the candidate models for the target data estimated by the data in the period 1923–2018, the spatial loglikelihood scores of historical damaging earthquakes (599–1884) were examined. The results show that the background spatial intensity of the HIST–ETAS–5pa model significantly outperformed the others, far better than the nonuniform Poisson spatial model. By restricting the period of historical data to 1585–1884 and the area in lower latitude 38°N taking better accuracy of the historical record into account, the background spatial intensity of the HIST–ETAS–5pa model is best for all range of magnitudes, far better than the other Poisson spatial models. For earthquakes of M7.5 class or above, the difference in scores was small owing to the small number of historical damaging earthquakes, which represents only a small fraction of the earthquakes that occurred in prehistory, and little significant regional difference could be observed.
The findings of this study can be expected to provide a new approach to estimating short, intermediate, and longterm inland earthquakes with better accuracy and reliability, since the model is based on locationdependent variables. Applications of the proposed HIST–ETAS model will be critical for regional earthquake hazard planning in Japan and similar locations worldwide.
Availability of data and materials
All data sets used in this manuscript have been cited. All computational codes are available as a FORTRAN and R package with a practical manual (Ogata et al. 2021).
Abbreviations
 ABIC:

Akaike Bayesian Information Criterion
 AIC:

Akaike Information Criterion
 ETAS:

Epidemictype aftershock sequence
 G–R:

Gutenberg–Richter
 HIST–ETAS:

Hierarchical space–time ETAS
 JMA:

Japan Meteorological Agency
 M:

Magnitude
 MAP:

Maximum a posteriori
 MLE:

Maximum likelihood estimate
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I am grateful to Koichi Katsura for assistance with the implementation of a 3D visualization program. I used the JMA seismic source catalog and the TSEIS seismic activity visualization system (Tsuruoka 1998) for this analysis. Suggestions and queries of the anonymous reviewers were useful clarification of the manuscript.
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This study was supported by the MEXT Project for Seismology toward Research Innovation with Data of Earthquake (STARE) Grant Number JPJ010217.
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Ogata, Y. Prediction and validation of shorttolongterm earthquake probabilities in inland Japan using the hierarchical space–time ETAS and space–time Poisson process models. Earth Planets Space 74, 110 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40623022016694
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