Abrupt change of sedimentation rate recorded in lacustrine sediment from coastal lakes, Nankai subduction zone

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Hiromi Matsuoka and Makoto Okamura, Kochi Univ, Kochi, Japan
Nankai earthquakes are plate-boundary earthquakes associated with the Nankai subduction zone that have occurred repeatedly during historic times. In order to reveal pre-historical evidence of Nankai earthquakes, we investigated lacustrine sediments of small lakes on the coastal area of Shikoku Island, along the Nankai Trough. We studied over 150 piston- and vibro- core samples from 20 small lakes in this region, and found out many sedimentary evidences of tsunami events. Only three small lakes, Tadasu-Ike, Kaniga-Ike and Kamoda- Ike have over 5000 yaers sedimentary record. Tadasu-Ike and Kaniga-Ike have kept ten and several times tsunami events, on the other hand only one event preserved in though 6500 years sediments of Kamoda- Ike.

These three small lakes have characteristic sedimentary conditions. Abrupt change of sedimentation rate was recorded 1-2 times through 5000-7000 years their history. This change was thought to reflect subsidence of the surrounding area. Co-seismic subsidence and gradual uplift during inter-seismic period are well known in this region. Several thousand-year cycle subsidences are assumed in addition to subsidences accompanied with 100-year cycle earthquakes.