Virtual special issue on the 2011 Mw 9.1 Tohoku-Oki earthquake

Since the 2011 Mw 9.1 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, Tectonophysics, Earth and Planetary Science Letters and Sedimentary Geology, have published a number of papers dealing with the event. Below we have collected together a range of these articles, largely focusing on the extraordinary rupture mechanism but also dealing with the tsunami and subsequent environmental impact on the region. The collection also includes two papers on the link between earthquakes and public perception of hazard from the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, launched earlier this year, and four new invited review articles that place the slip, the tsunami, and the general problem of hazard assessment in a wider context.

Invited Reviews - 2012
A review of the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake (Mw 9.0): Large-scale rupture across heterogeneous plate coupling
Fumiko Tajima, Jim Mori and Brian L.N. Kennett
Tectonophysics, 2012

Assessing the magnitude of the 869 Jogan tsunami using sedimentary deposits: Prediction and consequence of the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami
Daisuke Sugawara, Kazuhisa Goto, Fumihiko Imamura, et al.
Sedimentary Geology, 2012

Why earthquake hazard maps often fail and what to do about it
Seth Stein, Robert J. Geller and Mian Liu
Tectonophysics, 2012

Invited Reviews - 2011
Progress in palaeotsunami research
James Goff, Catherine Chagué-Goff, Scott Nichol, et al.
Sedimentary Geology, 2011

Original Research Papers and Letters - 2012
Episodic slow slip events in the Japan subduction zone before the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake
Yoshihiro Ito, Ryota Hino, Motoyuki Kido, et al.
Tectonophysics, 2012

Numerical modeling of the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami in the offshore and onshore of Sendai Plain, Japan
Daisuke Sugawara, Kazuhisa Goto
Sedimentary Geology, 2012

Anomalously steep dips of earthquakes in the 2011 Tohoku-Oki source region and possible explanations
Zhongwen Zhan, Don Helmberger, Mark Simons, et al.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012

Paradoxical effects of the record-high tsunamis caused by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake on public judgments of danger
Satoko Oki and Kazuya Nakayachi
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2012

Tsunami earthquake generation by the release of gravitational potential energy
Dan McKenzie and James Jackson
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012

Source model of the great 2011 Tohoku earthquake estimated from tsunami waveforms and crustal deformation data
Aditya Riadi Gusman, Yuichiro Tanioka, Shinichi Sakai, et al.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012

Splay fault slip in a subduction margin, a new model of evolution
Marianne Conin, Pierre Henry, Vincent Godard, et al.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012

Environmental impact assessment of the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami on the Sendai Plain
Catherine Chagué-Goff, Przemyslaw Niedzielski, Henri K.Y. Wong, et al.
Sedimentary Geology, 2012

A source model for the great 2011 Tohoku earthquake (Mw=9.1) from inversion of GRACE gravity data
G. Cambiotti and R. Sabadini
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012

Tsunami run-up associated with co-seismic thrust slip produced by the 2011 Mw 9.0 Off Pacific Coast of Tohoku earthquake, Japan
 Aiming Lin, Ryoya Ikuta and Gang Rao
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012

Sources of shaking and flooding during the Tohoku-Oki earthquake: A mixture of rupture styles
Shengji Wei, Robert Graves, Don Helmberger, et al.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012

Runaway slip to the trench due to rupture of highly pressurized megathrust beneath the middle trench slope: The tsunamigenesis of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake off the east coast of northern Japan
Gaku Kimura, Shoko Hina, Yohei Hamada, et al.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012

Advance prediction of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake: A missed opportunity for disaster preparedness
C. Davis, V. Keilis-Borok, V. Kossobokov, et al.
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2012

Megaquake cycle at the Tohoku subduction zone with thermal fluid pressurization near the surface
Yuta Mitsui, Naoyuki Kato, Yukitoshi Fukahata, et al.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012

Original Research Papers and Letters - 2011
Mapping the Tohoku forearc: Implications for the mechanism of the 2011 East Japan earthquake (Mw 9.0)
Zhi Wang, Wenli Huang, Dapeng Zhao, et al.
Tectonophysics, 2011

Analysis of the far-field crustal displacements caused by the 2011 Great Tohoku earthquake inferred from continuous GPS observations
 Nikolay V. Shestakov, Hiroaki Takahashi, Mako Ohzono, et al.
Tectonphysics, 2011

Lateral variation of the cutoff depth of shallow earthquakes beneath the Japan Islands and its implications for seismogenesis
 Hisashi Utada, Hisayoshi Shimizua, Tsutomu Ogawa, et al.
Tectonophysics, 2011

Geomagnetic field changes in response to the 2011 off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
Hisashi Utada, Hisayoshi Shimizu, Tsutomu Ogawa, et al.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2011

A unified source model for the 2011 Tohoku earthquake
Kazuki Koketsu, Yusuke Yokota, Naoki Nishimura, et al.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2011

Structural controls on the Mw 9.0 2011 Offshore-Tohoku earthquake
B.L.N. Kennett, A. Gorbatov, E. Kiser
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2011

Spatial distribution of stress and frictional strength along the interplate boundary in northern Japan and its correlation to the locations of large earthquakes
Subesh Ghimire and Yuichiro Tanioka
Tectonophysics, 2011

Initiation of the great Mw 9.0 Tohoku–Oki earthquake
Risheng Chu, Shengji Weia, Don V. Helmberger, et al.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2011