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Nodal Seismograph Recordings of the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence

Rufus D. Catchings, Mark R. Goldman, Jamison H. Steidl, Joanne H. Chan, Amir A. Allam, Coyn J. Criley, Zhenning Ma, Daniel S. Langermann, Garet J. Huddleston, Andrian T. McEvilly, Daniel D. Mongovin, Elizabeth M. Berg, & Yehuda Ben-Zion

Published September 30, 2020, SCEC Contribution #10899

The 2019 Ridgecrest, California, earthquake sequence included Mw 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes that occurred on successive days beginning on 4 July 2019. These two largest earthquakes of the sequence occurred on orthogonal faults that ruptured the Earth’s surface. To better evaluate the 3D subsurface fault structure, (P‐ and S‐wave) velocity, 3D and temporal variations in seismicity, and other important aspects of the earthquake sequence, we recorded aftershocks and ambient noise using up to 461 three‐component nodal seismographs for about two months, beginning about one day after the Mw 7.1 mainshock. The ∼30,000Mw≥1 earthquakes that were recorded on the dense arrays provide an unusually large volume of data with which to evaluate the earthquake sequence. This report describes the recording arrays and is intended to provide metadata for researchers interested in evaluating various aspects of the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence using the nodal data set.

Catchings, R. D., Goldman, M. R., Steidl, J. H., Chan, J. H., Allam, A. A., Criley, C. J., Ma, Z., Langermann, D. S., Huddleston, G. J., McEvilly, A. T., Mongovin, D. D., Berg, E. M., & Ben-Zion, Y. (2020). Nodal Seismograph Recordings of the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence. Seismological Research Letters, 91(6), 3622-3633. doi: 10.1785/0220200203.