Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 168, Issue 1–2, pp 117–124 | Cite as

Characterization of the Heterogeneous Source Model of Intraslab Earthquakes Toward Strong Ground Motion Prediction

  • Tomotaka IwataEmail author
  • Kimiyuki Asano


We characterize the heterogeneous source slip model of intraslab earthquakes to compare source scaling properties with those of inland crustal and subduction-zone plate-boundary earthquakes. We extracted rupture area (S), total area of asperity (S a), average slip (D) and average slip on asperity (D a) of eleven intraslab earthquakes following the procedure proposed by Somerville et al. (Seism Res Lett 70:59–80, 1999) and proposed the empirical scaling relationship formula of S, S a, and D for intraslab earthquakes. Under the same seismic moment, an intraslab earthquake has a smaller rupture area and total area of asperity, and smaller average slip than an inland crustal earthquake. The area ratio of asperity area and total rupture area of intraslab earthquakes are similar to those of inland crustal earthquakes. The strong motion generation area (SMGA) scaling of intraslab earthquakes appears self-similar, and those results support the idea the characterized source model of intraslab earthquakes can be modeled in a manner similar to that of inland crustal earthquakes.


Intraslab earthquake characterized source model characterization of heterogeneous slip model asperity strong motion prediction 



We appreciate the authors who offer the source models. This study is partially supported by the special project for Earthquake Disaster Mitigation in Tokyo Metropolitan Area from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) (T. I. and K. A. are collaborative members) and the JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) No. 20310105 (PI T. Iwata). Figures are drawn using the Generic Mapping Tools (Wessel and Smith, 1998).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Disaster Prevention Research InstituteKyoto UniversityUjiJapan

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