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Monitoring of seismic anisotropy at the time of the 2008 Iwate-Miyagi (Japan) earthquake

P. Roux
K. Shiomi
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B. Enescu
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We investigate temporal variations of the polarization anomaly of surface waves (Rayleigh and Love) relative to an isotropic medium, before and after the 2008 June 13, Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku earthquake (Mw = 6.9) in Japan, using passive image interferometry. We use continuous data records of 20 high-sensitivity three-component seismic stations (National Institute for Earth Sciences and Disaster Resilience—NIED Hi-net) from mid-2007 to the end of 2009. We compute cross-correlations of ambient seismic noise between each pair of stations, in the frequency range of 0.08-0.22 Hz. The temporal variations of the surface wave polarization show slow and weak variations due to seasonal changes to which rapid and strong variations are superposed at the time of the earthquake, and more surprisingly, also a month and a half before the earthquake. Strong changes in the polarization of surface waves might be related to changes in the distribution of crack orientation affecting seismic anisotropy.
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insu-03596048 , version 1 (03-03-2022)

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M. Saade, J. P. Montagner, P. Roux, K. Shiomi, B. Enescu, et al.. Monitoring of seismic anisotropy at the time of the 2008 Iwate-Miyagi (Japan) earthquake. Geophysical Journal International, 2017, 211, pp.483-497. ⟨10.1093/gji/ggx321⟩. ⟨insu-03596048⟩
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