On December 26, 2004 (GMT), a thrust-faulting giant earthquake (Mw 9.0) struck off coast of northern Sumatra.
To estimate rupture process of this giant earthquake, I retrieved teleseismic body waves (P-waves) data recorded at IRIS-dmc stations via Internet.
13 stations were selected from the viewpoint of good coverage, and used in the waveform inversion with ABIC (Fukahata et al., 2003; Yagi et al., 2003).
From a broadband seismic wave, we can divide the giant earthquake into two stages. In first stage, the rupture mainly propagated about 300 km to the northwest from hypocenter during initial 100 sec. The second rupture started about 100 sec after initial break. The second rupture generate ultra long period seismic wave. This may imply that slow and large dislocation occurred in the second stage. I rough estimated the rupture pattern of the second rupture, and found the second rupture started 400 - 500 km northwest form hypocenter and propagated to northwest direction. Unfortunately, the period of seismic wave of the second stage is too long to analyze my program set, I cannot estimate the detailed rupture process of the second stage. In this web-site, I show the rupture process of the first stage and a part of the second stage.
Yuji Yaig (IISEE, BRI, 2004)
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