The applicability of the microtremor spectral ratio method is examined by comparing microtremor and weak-motion earthquake site responses at seven permanent strong-motion sites in Victoria, British Columbia. For each site, a weak-motion earthquake standard spectral ratio (bedrock reference), the average horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio of up to five weak-motion earthquakes, and the average microtremor (Nakamura method) spectral ratio are compared. The geologic setting of Victoria is ideal for site response studies with a near-surface high impedance contrast between thin geologic layers of Victoria clay (about 11 m maximum in this study) and Pleistocene till or bedrock. Regardless of excitation source (weak-motion earthquakes or microtremors) and spectral ratio method, similar peak amplitudes and fundamental frequencies were found. Thicker material (>10 m) sites displayed higher peak amplitudes (up to six times amplification) at frequencies of 2–5 Hz compared to sites with a thin lens of material (<3 m) over bedrock that showed peak amplitudes at frequencies of >8 Hz.

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