Cutting-Edge Research
in Kyoto University


Seeking the Forerunners of Earthquakes The differences between normal and anomalous phenomena.

Instruments housed in a tunnel to observe subtle strain of Earth’s crust

Do you believe that major earthquakes are preceded by anomalous phenomena, such as increases in electromagnetic noise and ground deformation? There are many reports of such phenomena, but it is a great challenge to distinguish between normal and anomalous phenomena. Moreover, we have few chances to observe earthquakerelated phenomena, because major earthquakes (fortunately) do not occur frequently. I am trying to define the objective differences between normal and anomalous phenomena, through precise geophysical observations, mainly around the Miyazaki Observatory near Hyuga-Nada in southwest Japan, where large earthquakes have repeatedly occurred, together with mathematical modeling of the obtained data.

Ken’ichi Yamazaki, PhD
Assistant Professor, Miyazaki Observatory, DPRI