Recent Advances in Prediction and Processing of Strong Ground Motions

Alexei G. Tumarkin, & Ralph J. Archuleta

Published May 1997, SCEC Contribution #395

We present an overview of our recent results on utilizing small earthquakes in the earthquake engineering practice. Site-specific ground motion time-histories of large earthquakes can be successfully simulated using recordings of small earthquakes which are often referred to as ''empirical Green''s functions'' in seismology. Another important practical problem is whether and how these observations can be used in seismic risk studies which are based on empirical attenuation relations for ground motion parameters. We study a possibility of extrapolating attenuation relations for small earthquakes, to larger magnitudes using the data from the Garner Valley downhole array in Southern California. Finally we introduce efficient ground motion processing techniques in frequency- and time-domains and apply them to site response estimation.

Tumarkin, A. G., & Archuleta, R. J. (1997). Recent Advances in Prediction and Processing of Strong Ground Motions. Natural Hazards, 15(2-3), 199-215. doi: 10.1023/A:1007910605128.