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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. Brine samples from the wells in the Kashio mineral spring (an “Arima-type” hot spring at Ooshika-Mura, central Japan) were analyzed to determine the original chemical and isotopic compositions of the deep brin...

    Authors: Fumitake Kusuhara, Kohei Kazahaya, Noritoshi Morikawa, Masaya Yasuhara, Hidemi Tanaka, Masaaki Takahashi and Yuki Tosaki
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:107
  2. Inelastic deformation due to seismic activity is an important signal that reflects fault evolution. In particular, aftershock sequences indicate the evolution of damage in a medium that has experienced a large...

    Authors: Satoshi Matsumoto, Yoshihisa Iio, Shinichi Sakai and Aitaro Kato
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:62
  3. To clarify the relationship between earthquake occurrence and fluid, we analyzed data from a dense aftershock-observation network with 69 high-gain short-period seismographs installed immediately after the mai...

    Authors: Yoshihisa Iio, Satoshi Matsumoto, Yusuke Yamashita, Shin’ichi Sakai, Kazuhide Tomisaka, Masayo Sawada, Takashi Iidaka, Takaya Iwasaki, Megumi Kamizono, Hiroshi Katao, Aitaro Kato, Eiji Kurashimo, Yoshiko Teguri, Hiroo Tsuda and Takashi Ueno
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:42
  4. The 2018, Hokkaido Eastern Iburi, Japan, earthquake is an event characterized by complexity of the rupture process and slip pattern, which may involve both reverse and strike-slip motion depending on the locat...

    Authors: Tatsuya Hisakawa, Ryosuke Ando, Tomoko Elizabeth Yano and Makoto Matsubara
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:36
  5. We investigated the relationship between contractional deformation of sedimentary mass in the upper crust and the geodetic strain rate in a high-strain zone (part of the Niigata–Kobe Tectonic Zone) of the mid-...

    Authors: Makoto Otsubo, Ikuo Katayama, Ayumu Miyakawa and Takeshi Sagiya
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:30
  6. The Nankai Trough in Southwest Japan exhibits a wide spectrum of fault slip, with long-term and short-term slow-slip events, slow and fast earthquakes, all associated with different segments down the plate int...

    Authors: Qibin Shi, Sylvain Barbot, Shengji Wei, Paul Tapponnier, Takanori Matsuzawa and Bunichiro Shibazaki
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:27
  7. Topographic relief in arc-trench systems is thought to be formed by plate subduction; however, few quantitative investigations have so far been reported, with respect to the related mountain building process. ...

    Authors: Shoma Fukuda, Shigeru Sueoka, Barry P. Kohn and Takahiro Tagami
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:24
  8. To continuously monitor crustal behavior associated with earthquakes, magmatic activities and other environmental effects (e.g., tides and rain precipitation), we have developed a continuous monitoring system ...

    Authors: Fernando Lawrens Hutapea, Takeshi Tsuji and Tatsunori Ikeda
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:19
  9. In general, there are three mechanisms causing crustal deformation: elastic, viscous, and plastic deformation. The separation of observed crustal deformation to each component has been a challenging problem. I...

    Authors: Yukitoshi Fukahata, Angela Meneses-Gutierrez and Takeshi Sagiya
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:18
  10. We derived a three-dimensional S-wave velocity model for the San-in area of southwest Japan to examine heterogeneous structures such as tectonic faults. Many earthquakes occur in this area, but much of the act...

    Authors: Yudai Suemoto, Tatsunori Ikeda, Takeshi Tsuji and Yoshihisa Iio
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:15
  11. We analyze Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) within the San-in Shear Zone (SSZ), Southwest Japan, in order to clarify the width of the inelastic deformation zone in the lower crust beneath it. We assum...

    Authors: Angela Meneses-Gutierrez and Takuya Nishimura
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:10
  12. Recent global navigation satellite system (GNSS) data for the Japanese Islands have revealed a high-strain-rate region suggesting the existence of a region of broad-scale crustal deformation. The Niigata–Kobe ...

    Authors: Tomonori Tamura, Kiyokazu Oohashi, Makoto Otsubo, Ayumu Miyakawa and Masakazu Niwa
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2020 72:7
  13. Along subduction interfaces or some major faults, a seismogenic layer in the upper crust is underlain by a zone of slow-slip events (SSEs) and tremors, and seismicity disappears at greater depths. The transiti...

    Authors: Yuki Miyake and Hiroyuki Noda
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:137
  14. We evaluated water distributions in deformed quartz in schists along the Asemi River, Central Shikoku, in the Sanbagawa Metamorphic Belt, Japan, using infrared spectroscopic (IR) mapping. The water trapped in ...

    Authors: Jun-ichi Fukuda and Ichiko Shimizu
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:136
  15. We investigated temporal changes in the waveforms of S-coda from triggered earthquakes around the Moriyoshi-zan volcano in northeastern Japan. Seismicity in the area has drastically increased after the 2011 of...

    Authors: Yuta Amezawa, Masahiro Kosuga and Takuto Maeda
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:132
  16. The large slip along the shallow subduction interface during the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake (Mw9.0) caused a huge tsunami that struck the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Ex...

    Authors: Jun Kameda, Masaoki Uno, Marianne Conin, Kohtaro Ujiie, Yohei Hamada and Gaku Kimura
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:131
  17. Elastic wave velocity and electrical conductivity in a brine-saturated granitic rock were measured under confining pressures of up to 150 MPa and microstructure of pores was examined with SEM on ion-milled sur...

    Authors: Tohru Watanabe, Miho Makimura, Yohei Kaiwa, Guillaume Desbois, Kenta Yoshida and Katsuyoshi Michibayashi
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:129
  18. The 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, whose main shock was an M7.3 event on April 16, 2016, 28 h after a foreshock of M6.5, caused severe damage in and around Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. It also caused postseismic hyd...

    Authors: Naoji Koizumi, Shinsuke Minote, Tatsuya Tanaka, Azumi Mori, Takumi Ajiki, Tsutomu Sato, Hiroshi A. Takahashi and Norio Matsumoto
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2019 71:128
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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

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