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Research article
01 Feb 2017
Research article |  | 01 Feb 2017

Calculation of coseismic displacement from lidar data in the 2016 Kumamoto, Japan, earthquake

Luis Moya, Fumio Yamazaki, Wen Liu, and Tatsuro Chiba

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This paper calculates the coseismic displacement produced during the 16 April 2016 Mw 7.0 Kumamoto earthquake from a pair of digital surface models (DSMs), acquired before and after the earthquake from airborne lidar data. A window matching search approach based on the correlation coefficient was used for this purpose. Results are consistent with the coseismic displacement estimated from strong-motion acceleration records and with the surveyed surface rupture.
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