Papers in Meteorology and Geophysics
Online ISSN : 1880-6643
Print ISSN : 0031-126X
ISSN-L : 0031-126X
Volume 42 , Issue 3
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  • Itsuo Furuya, Hitoshi Yamasato, Masaaki Seino
    1991 Volume 42 Issue 3 Pages 93-103
    Published: 1991
    Released: October 20, 2006
       Volumetric strainmeters operated in the Kanto and Tokai districts, south-west of Tokyo, recorded a ground motion of simple waveforms in association with the November 16, 1987, eruption of Izu-Oshima volcano. The waves were identified as Rayleigh waves by their propagation speed, particle motion and their attenuation property with distance. The radiation pattern of the Rayleigh waves was uniform in all directions from the source. This suggests that the waves were excited by a vertical single force operating at the source. A magma falling in the vent is presumably a cause of the vertical single force which generated an M3.9 earthquake ten and several seconds prior to the visible eruption and was responsible for the observed Rayleigh waves.
       The potential energy of the Rayleigh waves was calculated to be 6×105 J from the strain observations. The kinetic energy could be assessed independently of the potential energy from observations by seismographs. Both are almost equal as the theory predicts. The total energy, 106 J, carried by the Rayleigh waves corresponds to that of an ordinary M1 tectonic earthquake.
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  • Toshikazu Odaka, Masaaki Seino, Akio Yoshida
    1991 Volume 42 Issue 3 Pages 105-126
    Published: 1991
    Released: October 20, 2006
       We made numerical computations of the change in the fracture stress due to the generation of vertical strike-slip faults and vertical/horizontal tensile faults and the induction of round soft bodies (two-dimensional) in an elastic medium. These sources simulate, respectively, shallow intraplate earthquakes, magma intrusion into dikes/sills in volcanic regions, and volcanoes/magma reservoirs which are more easily subject to shear and volumetric deformations than the surrounding areas. The fracture stress is defined as the summation of shear stress and a certain amount of normal stress and indicates the effective stress which contributes to generating fracture. We present some examples of seismic activities which seem to have occurred in accordance with the simulation, i.e., cases where earthquakes occurred in regions where the fracture stress is theoretically expected to increase.
       By the formation of vertical strike-slip faults the fracture stress increases in regions extending from the fault edge both tangential to and normal to the fault strike. In the latter case, the increase in the fracture stress appears on the sides of the fault where the medium is subject to dilatation and the frictional stress on existing conjugate faults may decrease. It is often observed that aftershock activities expand in the direction of the fault strike or a conjugate fault appears from the end of the main fault and runs into the dilatational region. The former example is the aftershock activities following the Tangshan earthquake in 1976 and the typical example of the latter case is the largest aftershock occurrence following the western Nagano earthquake in 1984.
       When vertical tensile faults are generated, the fracture stress increases especially in regions extending obliquely from the fault end, while the stress is suppressed on both sides of the fault. Some seismic activities associated with the eruption of Izu-Oshima volcano in 1986 and the marine eruption off the east coast of the Izu Peninsula in 1989 may be related with these characteristic stress changes.
       When horizontal tensile faults are generated deep under the free surface, the ground surface over the fault heaves up and the fracture stress usually increases there. It is well known that the seismicity in and around the Izu Peninsula became quite active after the 1974 Izu-Hanto-Oki earthquake and the ground upheaval was also observed.
       When a round soft body (two-dimensional) is put in a compressive stress field, it shrinks more in the direction of maximum pressure axis than in its orthogonal direction. Then, the fracture stress increases at both sides of the soft body normal to the maximum pressure axis and decreases at the other sides when it is compared with that of the stress field without the soft body. The distribution of the fracture stress around an expanding source may be characterized by reversing the above result. There exist seismic activities which seem to be related with these stress changes, e.g., earthquakes occurred before the 1962 Miyakejima eruption to the west of the island and swarm activities began in the region to the southeast a few years before the 1979 eruption of Ontake volcano.
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  • Dodla V. Bhaskar Rao, Koji Yamazaki, Akio Kitoh
    1991 Volume 42 Issue 3 Pages 127-143
    Published: 1991
    Released: October 20, 2006
       The results of a 20-year simulation (control run) by the 5-layer MRI AGCM are analyzed for the Asian monsoon region for the summer season (June-September) and are compared with the observations. Overall large-scale features are simulated with considerable reality, though there are drawbacks such as a weak monsoon flow. Motivated by these drawbacks, some numerical experiments related to land-surface boundary conditions are performed. The cold bias in the low-level atmosphere over the Arabian peninsula found in the control run is alleviated by replacing swamp grid points of the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea with land points. The underestimated precipitation at the foothills of the Himalayas is alleviated to some extent by forcing ground to be wet over the Indian subcontinent. These experiments show the importance of land-surface processes for regional climate. However, the improvements in the above simulations are limited in regional scale and large-scale errors are not alleviated significantly. The simulation with worldwide elevated topography shows the significant weakening of the monsoon circulation, though regional-scale features show an improvement. This fact shows that the use of excessively high mountains deteriorates the simulation of the Asian summer monsoon circulation.
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