Inversion of regional surface-wave spectra for source parameters of aftershocks from the Loma Prieta earthquake

S. L. Beck, H. J. Patton

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Abstract

Surface waves recorded at regional distances are used to study the source parameters for three of the larger aftershocks of the 18 October 1989, Loma Prieta, California, earthquake. The short-period P-wave first-motion focal mechanisms indicate a complex aftershock sequence with a wide variety of mechanisms. Many of these events are too small for teleseismic body-wave analysis; therefore, the regional surface-waves provide important long-period information on the source parameters. Differences between the surface-wave focal mechanisms and the short-period P-wave first-motion mechanisms are observed for the aftershocks analyzed. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1726-1736
Number of pages11
JournalBulletin - Seismological Society of America
Volume81
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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