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Fukushima Hamadori, Japan Earthquake (M7.0): Crustal deformation detected by ALOS/PALSAR data

Crustal Deformation Observed by Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

Released: Apr. 25, 2011 Japanese version of this page

Crustal Deformation by InSAR

A M=7.0 (JMA) earthquake occurred in Fukushima Hamadori Region, Japan on April 11, 2011 (UTC). An interferometric analysis of the data acquired by the Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) onboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) allows us to clarify spatial distribution of surface deformation associated with the earthquake. The interferogram shows clear displacement discontinuities along Idosawa fault and Yunotake fault.


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NOTE: RARR (Range And Range Rate) information is used for the slave SAR data.

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Fukushima Hamadori, Japan Earthquake

Date-Time April 11, 2011 17:16 (Local Time), 08:16 (UTC)
Hypocenter Location 36.94567°N, 140.67267°E Depth:6.4 km (JMA, as of April 25, 2011)
37.007°N, 140.477°E Depth:10 km (USGS, as of April 25, 2011)
Magnitude 7.0 (JMA, as of April 25, 2011)
6.6 (USGS, as of April 25, 2011)

Satellite and Sensor

PALSAR sensor onboard "Daichi" (ALOS) satellite launched by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on January 24, 2006

Paper, Report, Presentation

Tomokazu Kobayashi, Mikio Tobita, Mamoru Koarai, Takaki Okatani, Akira Suzuki, Yuko Noguchi, Masayuki Yamanaka, Basara Miyahara, InSAR-derived crustal deformation and fault models of normal faulting earthquake (Mj 7.0) in the Fukushima-Hamadori area, Earth, Planets and Space, 64, 1209–1221, 2012. [html]


KOBAYASHI Tomokazu : Researcher
TOBITA Mikio : Head of Division


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