On the Ultra-Low-Frequency Magnetic Field Depression for Three Huge Oceanic Earthquakes in Japan and in the Kurile Islands

  •  M. Hayakawa    
  •  A. Schekotov    
  •  E. Fedorov    
  •  Y. Hobara    


The depression (reduction in amplitude) of ULF (ultra-low-frequency) magnetic field variations observed on the Earth’s surface is found for the recent huge Japan earthquake (EQ) (magnitude (M) ~ 9.0) on March 11, 2011 which is a typical oceanic EQ of the plate type. In order to confirm the presence of such a ULF depression, we have also studied the additional two huge oceanic EQs in the Kurile islands (M@8), and similar ULF depressions have also been detected. This suggests that such a ULF depression seems to be a universal phenomenon for huge (M=8-9) EQs even occurred in the sea bed of subduction region.

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