Journal Article Rupture process of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake in relation to the thermal structure around Aso volcano

Yagi, Yuji  ,  Okuwaki, Ryo  ,  Enescu, Bogdan  ,  Kasahara, Amato  ,  Miyakawa, Ayumu  ,  Otsubo, Makoto

68 ( 1 )  , p.118 , 2016-07 , Springer
We constructed the rupture process model for the 2016 Kumamoto, Japan, earthquake from broadband teleseismic body waveforms (P-waves) by using a novel waveform inversion method that takes into account the uncertainty of Green’s function. The estimated source parameters are: seismic moment = 5.1 × 1019 Nm (Mw = 7.1), fault length = 40 km, and fault width = 15 km. The mainshock rupture mainly propagated northeastward from the epicenter, for about 30 km, along an active strike-slip fault. The rupture propagation of the mainshock decelerated and terminated near the southwest side of the Aso volcano; the aftershock activity was low around the northeastern edge of the major slip area. Our results suggest that the rupture process of the mainshock and the distribution of aftershocks were influenced by the high-temperature area around the magma chamber of Mt. Aso.

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