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Tomography of Southern California Via Bayesian Joint Inversion of Rayleigh Wave Ellipticity and Phase Velocity From Ambient Noise Cross-Correlations

Elizabeth Berg, Fan-Chi Lin, Amir A. Allam, Hongrui Qiu, W Shen, & Yehuda Ben-Zion

Published November 23, 2018, SCEC Contribution #8922

A self-consistent regional-scale seismic velocity model with resolution from seismogenic depth to the surface is crucial for seismic hazard assessment. Though Southern California is the most seismically imaged region in the world, techniques with high near-surface sensitivity have been applied only in disparate local areas and have not been incorporated into a unified model with deeper resolution. In the present work, we obtain isotropic values for Rayleigh wave phase velocity and ellipticity in Southern California by cross-correlating daily time-series from the year 2015 across 315 regional stations in period ranges 6 to 18 seconds. Leveraging the complementary sensitivity of the two Rayleigh wave datasets, we combine H/V and phase velocity measurements to determine a new 3D shear velocity model in a Bayesian joint inversion framework. The new model has greatly improved shallow resolution compared to the SCEC CVMS4.26 reference model. Well-known large-scale features common to previous studies are resolved, including velocity contrasts across the San Andreas, San Jacinto, Garlock, and Elsinore faults, mid-crustal high-velocity structure beneath the Mojave Desert, and shallow Moho beneath the Salton Trough. Other prominent features that have previously only been imaged in focused local studies include the correct sedimentary thickness of the southern Central Valley, fold structure of the Ventura and Oak Ridge Anticlines, and velocity contrast across the Newport-Inglewood fault. The new shallow structure will greatly impact simulation-based studies of seismic hazard, especially in the near-surface low-velocity zones beneath densely populated areas like the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura Basins.

Berg, E., Lin, F., Allam, A. A., Qiu, H., Shen, W., & Ben-Zion, Y. (2018). Tomography of Southern California Via Bayesian Joint Inversion of Rayleigh Wave Ellipticity and Phase Velocity From Ambient Noise Cross-Correlations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth,. doi: 10.1029/2018JB016269.

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