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Regular VLBI observation in the Keystone Project is terminated at the end of November, 2001 since the project is time-limited. We appreciate your kind cooperation. Note that our data base is still obtainable via internet.


Key Stone Project (KSP)

Key Stone Project (KSP) is the project to monitor regional crustal deformation in the Tokyo metropolitan area by using three space geodetic techniques, i.e. Very Long Baseline Interferometry, Satellite Laser Ranging, and Global Positioning System. The project Keystone was named after the Japanese traditional saying relating to earthquake prevention.


Kashima-Tateyama Baseline Length (since January 2000)

Since the beginning of July in 2001, the geodetic solution might be suffered by radio interferences. The data in this period is under investigation. Thank you for your understanding.


Four tectonic plates (North America, Eurasia, Pacific, Philippine Sea) meet at the Kanto district, causing complicated seismic activity there. In addition to the Tokai Earthquake (M~8), supposed at the Suruga Trough and the Odawara Earthquake (M~7), supposed at the western part of the Kanagawa Prefecture, it has been pointed out that the Tokyo metropolitan area may suffer from a medium sized earthquake directly underneath in a near future. Crustal strains have been increasing since they were reset to zero in 1923 by the great Kanto earthquake and the earthquake potential is now large enough to cause an earthquake up to M~7 directly under the Tokyo metropolitan area.

The project to monitor regional crustal deformation in the Tokyo metropolitan area by using space geodetic techniques has been started in 1993 by CRL. It is planned that four stations surrounding Tokyo are equipped with both Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) and Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) fascilities and daily routine geodetic VLBI/SLR observations are performed in this network to detect precursory crustal movement that may occur pre-seismically. These points also provide positional references for the nationwide network of the Global Positioning System being constructed by the Geogarphical Survey Institute (GSI), Japan.


[Overview]
[VLBI System] [SLR System][GPS System]
[KSP VLBI Stations] [VLBI Observation Data]
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[GEMSTONE Workshop]


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Last Update: June 7, 2006