Episodic slow slip events accompanied by non-volcanic tremors in southwest Japan subduction zone



[1] Episodic slow slip events have been recognized by means of tilt changes in the western Shikoku area, southwest Japan. The crustal tilt deformation was observed repeatedly with a recurrence interval of approximately six months coincident with the occurrences of major non-volcanic deep tremor activities in this area. Observed tilt changes can be explained by slow slip events occurring around the source area of tremors. In each episode, the source of the slow slip event and tremor migrate simultaneously. The spatial and temporal coincidence of tremors and slow slip events indicates that they both may be coupling phenomena reflecting the stress accumulation process at the subducting plate.