Inversion of regional surface-wave spectra for source parameters of aftershocks from the 1992 Petrolia earthquake sequence

M. A. Tinker, S. L. Beck

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Abstract

Regional distance surface waves are used to study the source parameters for moderate-size aftershocks of the 25 April 1992 Petrolia earthquake sequence. The Cascadia subduction zone had been relatively seismically inactive until the onset of the mainshock (Ms = 7.1). This underthrusting event establishes that the southern end of the North America-Gorda plate boundary is seismogenic. It was followed by two separate and distinct large aftershocks (Ms = 6.6 for both) occurring on 26 April, as well as thousands of other small aftershocks. Many of the aftershocks following the second large aftershock had magnitudes in the range of 4.0 to 5.5. Using intermediate-period surface-wave spectra, focal mechanisms and depths for one foreshock and six of the larger aftershocks (Md = 4.0 to 5.5) are estimated. These seven events can be separated into two groups based on temporal, spatial, and principal stress orientation characteristics. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-715
Number of pages11
JournalBulletin - Seismological Society of America
Volume85
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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