Flaws Found in Article by Kyoto University Professor

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Kyoto, March 26 (Jiji Press)--Kyoto University said Tuesday that it has confirmed flaws in four images used in a research paper compiled by Aiming Lin, professor at the university, that was published in U.S. journal Science in October 2016.

The research paper was about a series of massive earthquakes that hit the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto in April 2016.

The university urged Lin to withdraw the research paper. It plans to punish him.

The paper said that a magma chamber at Mount Aso, a volcano in Kumamoto, prevented a fault in the eastern part of the Kyushu southwestern region, which includes Kumamoto, from being destroyed by the 7.3-magniude main temblor that struck on April 16, 2016, two days after the 6.5-magnitude foreshock occurred.

After receiving a report pointing to possible wrongdoing in the article in August 2017, the university established a committee including outside members to investigate the paper.

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