Earth, Planets and Space

, Volume 54, Issue 5, pp 629–636 | Cite as

Conductivity distribution and seismicity in the northeastern Japan Arc

  • Yukio Fujinawa
  • Noriaki Kawakami
  • Jun Inoue
  • Theodore H. Asch
  • Shinji Takasugi
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Wideband magnetotelluric (MT) observation data were obtained from 91 sites along six transects in the central part of the Japan Arc. Here, a quasi-3D georesistivity distribution, in addition to other geophysical and geological parameters, is used to better understand seismicity in the region. We found that high seismicity in the Central Mountain Range is due to relatively poor fluid saturation caused by volcanism. The high conductive fracture zone in the west of the Central Basin without big earthquakes is characterized by a low Poisson ratio. It is suggested that strains cannot be accumulated in those regions. The Miyagi-ken-hokubu region with a frequent occurrence of large earthquakes, is conductive—high Poisson ratio—high Vp suggesting that the zone is relatively fluid-rich and brittle.


Mountain Range Lower Crust Seismic Velocity Central Basin Conductivity Distribution 
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© The Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS); The Seismological Society of Japan; The Volcanological Society of Japan; The Geodetic Society of Japan; The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yukio Fujinawa
    • 1
  • Noriaki Kawakami
    • 2
  • Jun Inoue
    • 2
  • Theodore H. Asch
    • 2
  • Shinji Takasugi
    • 3
  1. 1.National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster PreventionTsukuba-shi, IbarakiJapan
  2. 2.Geothermal Energy ResearchDevelopment Co., Ltd.Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, TokyoJapan
  3. 3.Geothermal Engineering Co., Ltd.Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, TokyoJapan

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