In the 1960s several hundred structural response recorders (SRR) were installed all over India. An SRR is a simple instrument consisting of six seismoscopes that provide “maximum response” during an earthquake, without providing the time history. In the past earthquakes, these SRRs have provided several hundred records but they have not been effectively utilized for hazard studies because the measurements from these instruments are considered crude. This paper compares the data obtained from SRRs with that from more modern strong-motion accelerographs (SMAs) for four earthquakes in India. It is shown through statistical analysis that the response obtained from the SRRs is comparable to that from the SMAs. A method has been presented for estimating peak ground acceleration (PGA) from SRR data. Thus, it is shown that SRRs can provide a substantial amount of PGA data for attenuation studies. Many countries may find SRRs useful because of the low costs associated with their manufacture and maintenance.

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