Retraction

Retraction

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Science  03 May 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6439, pp. 444
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax6803

The Report “Coseismic rupturing stopped by Aso volcano during the 2016 Mw 7.1 Kumamoto earthquake, Japan” (1) presented evidence that the 2016 Mw 7.1 Kumamoto earthquake produced a surface rupture zone of ∼40 km long along the preexisting active fault zone and identified for the first time faults on the western side of Aso caldera, Kyushu Island, Japan.

In August 2017, a confidential investigation into potential irregularities in the paper was initiated at Kyoto University. The investigation was completed in March 2019 and has confirmed that the paper contained falsified data and manipulated images. Specifically, there were multiple falsifications in Figs. 1B, 1C, 2A, and 2C and instances of plagiarism in Fig. 1C. These were the responsibility of the corresponding author, Aiming Lin. In agreement with the recommendation of the investigation, the authors are retracting the Report. Author Nakajima could not be reached.

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