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Crustal Dynamics: Toward Integrated View of Island Arc Seismogenesis

Recent deployments of dense seismic and geodetic observation networks have revealed a detailed pattern of crustal stress and strain rate in tectonically active regions all over the world. Furthermore, the M9.0 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake provided a unique opportunity to investigate how the Japanese Islands' crust responds to instantaneous as well as transient stress changes due to the giant fault motion. With these precious observations, now is the time to proceed toward integrated understanding of dynamic processes in the Earth's crust, such as great earthquakes and various related phenomena in a variety of spatial and temporal scales. This special issue aims to bring state-of-the-art research results together to promote multidisciplinary collaborative investigation for better understanding of crustal dynamics or earthquake generation process in the island arc system.

This special issue covers all disciplines concerning the crustal dynamics of arc–trench systems and other tectonic settings, including:

  • Stress state and seismogenesis in the island arc
  • Multiscale deformation of island arc crust
  • Fault zone structure and its evolution
  • Rheological and frictional properties of rocks
  • Geofluids and seismogenesis
  • Integrated modeling of crustal deformation and seismogenesis

Edited by Toru Matsuzawa, Ichiko Shimizu, Takuya Nishimura, Christopher J. Spiers, Junichi Nakajima, Tatsuhiko Kawamoto



  1. A long linear distribution of epicenters is seen along the Japan Sea coast in the San-in district located in southwestern Japan. This linear distribution of epicenters is called the seismic belt in the San-in ...

    Authors: Hiroo Tsuda, Yoshihisa Iio and Takuo Shibutani

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:109

    Content type: Express Letter

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  2. In this study, we investigated the influence of local structural heterogeneities on aftershocks of the 2008 Iwate–Miyagi Nairiku earthquake (M 7.2) that occurred in the northeastern Japan arc. Although this ar...

    Authors: Sumire Maeda, Toru Matsuzawa, Keisuke Yoshida, Tomomi Okada and Takeyoshi Yoshida

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:94

    Content type: Full paper

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  3. We have analyzed the temporal variation in coda Q in the northeastern part of an inland high strain rate zone, the Niigata–Kobe Tectonic Zone (NKTZ), in central Japan, to investigate the response of coda Q to the...

    Authors: Masanobu Dojo and Yoshihiro Hiramatsu

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:32

    Content type: Full paper

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