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Ground-motion modeling of Hayward fault scenario earthquakes I: Construction of the suite of scenarios

Brad T. Aagaard, Robert W. Graves, David Schwartz, David A. Ponce, & Russell W. Graymer

Published 2010, SCEC Contribution #1309

We construct kinematic earthquake rupture models for a suite of 39 Mw 6.6–7.2 scenario earthquakes involving the Hayward, Calaveras, and Rodgers Creek faults. We use these rupture models in 3D ground-motion simulations as discussed in Part II (Aagaard et al., 2010) to provide detailed estimates of the shaking for each scenario. We employ both geophysical constraints and empirical relations to provide realistic variation in the rupture dimensions, slip heterogeneity, hypocenters, rupture speeds, and rise times. The five rupture lengths include portions of the Hayward fault as well as combined rupture of the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults and the Hayward and Calaveras faults. We vary rupture directivity using multiple hypocenters, typically three per rupture length, yielding north-to-south rupture, bilateral rupture, and south-to-north rupture. For each rupture length and hypocenter, we consider multiple random distributions of slip. We use two approaches to account for how aseismic creep might reduce coseismic slip. For one subset of scenarios, we follow the slip-predictable approach and reduce the nominal slip in creeping regions according to the creep rate and time since the most recent earthquake, whereas for another subset of scenarios we apply a vertical gradient to the nominal slip in creeping regions. The rupture models include local variations in rupture speed and use a ray-tracing algorithm to propagate the rupture front. Although we are not attempting to simulate the 1868 Hayward fault earthquake in detail, a few of the scenarios are designed to have source parameters that might be similar to this historical event.

Aagaard, B. T., Graves, R. W., Schwartz, D., Ponce, D. A., & Graymer, R. W. (2010). Ground-motion modeling of Hayward fault scenario earthquakes I: Construction of the suite of scenarios. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 100(6), 2927-2944. doi: 10.1785/0120090324.