Crustal structure in the northern Fossa Magna region, central Japan, modeled from refraction/wide-angle reflection data

Tetsuya Takeda, Hiroshi Sato, Takaya Iwasaki, Nobuhisa Matsuta, Shin'ichi Sakai, Takashi Iidaka, Aitaro Kato

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The northern Fossa Magna (NFM) is a back-arc rift basin filled with thick Tertiary sediments, which show strong NW-SE shortening deformation. In the NFM, there exist two major active fault systems, the Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line active fault system (ISTL) and the Western Nagano Basin active fault system (WNB), both of which have great potentials to cause destructive earthquakes. By reanalyzing five sets of refraction/wide-angle reflection data, we successfully obtained detailed and consistent models of the crustal structure in the NFM region. It was a very effective modeling procedure to incorporate vicinal seismic reflection data and geologic information. The geometries of the active faults in the NFM region were revealed. The ISTL is east dipping, and the WNB is northwest dipping. The Tertiary sedimentary layer (<4.0 km/sec) west and adjacent to the ISTL extends to a depth of 4-5 km. The basement rocks below the Central Uplift Belt (CUB) form a wedge structure, which suggests the westward movement of the CUB basement rocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1293-1299
Number of pages7
JournalEarth, Planets and Space
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004



  • Crustal structure
  • Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line
  • northern Fossa Magna
  • refraction/wide-angle reflection data
  • wedge structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Space and Planetary Science

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