The Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo (ERI) and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) organize an international summer school on Earthquake Science in September 23-27, 2013 in Hakone, Japan. This is the first of hope-to-be-a-series similar summer schools on Earthquake Science in the future. We encourage Ph.D. students and postdocs in the field of the international community to participate.


September 23-27, 2013
Laforet Gora, Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan   
Access guide to the Hotel (Laforet Gora) [PDF]
  • International summer school on Earthquake Science
  • Invite top-level scientists for key-note lectures
  • Encourage postdocs' and Ph.D. students' presentations
  • Well-equipped & spacious poster sessions for discussion
50 postdocs and Ph.D. students
Registration application will open July 1, 2013 (close on July 15).
Poster size
1.0 meter wide by 1.6 meters height
Reception fee
2,000 yen (cash only)


The program divided into three sessions.

1. Huge earthquake

The first session focuses on “Huge earthquakes”. Especially, we are interested in synthesizing the lessons learned from the Tohoku earthquake and in constraining the largest possible earthquake that a fault system is likely to generate. The Tohoku earthquake has been studied by many researchers; however there are still many open questions. Therefore, the compilation and discussion of the remaining and newly rising problems is important in order to determine the targets for further efforts based on the combination of seismology, geodesy, geology, tectonics, modeling and simulation studies. Large earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault and elsewhere will be also discussed and compared to each other.

2. Fault zone

The second session focuses on the “Fault zone” as the structure hosting a diversity of earthquake phenomena. Constraints on the structure and mechanical properties of active fault zones are obtained from laboratory experiments, geophysical studies, field observations of active and exhumed faults, and natural-scale laboratories. Incorporating this diverse information into mechanical models of earthquake behavior is an important challenge. The session aims at integrating observations and models over this broad range of scales.

3. Transient phenomena

The third session focuses on “Transient phenomena”. Episodic Tremor and Slip and other slow events occur between the locked zone and stable sliding zone. Repeating earthquakes also occur on the transition zone where small asperities are isolated in the stable or transient slip zone. Understanding of the physical mechanism governing such transient phenomena is important in order to understand the interaction between transient slow events and large earthquakes. Tremor, slow slip and repeaters in the San Andreas Fault, the Nankai subduction zone and the Tohoku earthquake source area will be discussed. Global comparison of these phenomena along the Pacific Rim might be important to resolve the regional differences of subduction systems that affect seismogenesis.

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