Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
14 Jul 2009
 | 14 Jul 2009

Further study on the role of atmospheric gravity waves on the seismo-ionospheric perturbations as detected by subionospheric VLF/LF propagation

F. Muto, Y. Kasahara, Y. Hobara, M. Hayakawa, A. Rozhnoi, M. Solovieva, and O. A. Molchanov

Abstract. As the target earthquake we have taken a huge earthquake (EQ) named Miyagi-oki earthquake on 16 August 2005 (with magnitude of 7.2) and we have analyzed the 4 month period including the date of this EQ. In addition to our previous analysis on the nighttime average amplitude (trend) and nighttime fluctuation, we have proposed the use of fluctuation power spectra in the frequency rage of atmospheric gravity waves (period=10 min to 100 min) as a third parameter of subionospheric VLF/LF propagation characteristics. Then it is found that this third parameter would be of additional importance in confirming the presence of seismo-ionospheric perturbations. Finally, we have discovered an important role of lunar tidal effect in the VLF/LF data, which appears one and two months before this large EQ.