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Regional network focal mechanism determination using 3D velocity model and SH/P amplitude ratio

Ruey-Juin Rau, Francis T. Wu and Tzay-Chyn Shin
Regional network focal mechanism determination using 3D velocity model and SH/P amplitude ratio
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (October 1996) 86 (5): 1270-1283

Abstract

High-quality focal mechanisms within the Taiwan Seismic Network are determined utilizing first motions, SH/P amplitude ratios, and hypocentral locations obtained in a joint tomographic inversion. The small-to-moderate (2.7 < or = M (sub L) < or = 5.7) events, ranging in depths from 3 to 43 km, occurred in the area where mountain building is taking place. The data used were recorded between March 1991 and July 1994. Of the 97 earthquakes studied, the focal mechanisms of 23 of these determined on the basis of a 3D velocity model are remarkably different from the routine ID results. In order to correct for the effect of attenuation on P- and S-wave amplitudes, Q (sub P) and Q (sub S) are determined using the spectral ratio method. Q (sub P) ranges from 289 to 330 and Q (sub S) from 201 to 301. The SH/P amplitude ratios are found to be very effective as constraints for choosing the best solutions among those consistent with the polarities. The resulting focal mechanisms show a high degree of variability across the island, but in terms of tectonic stress regimes, they show consistent patterns. They provide a glimpse of the mechanical processes under the Taiwan Orogen.


ISSN: 0037-1106
EISSN: 1943-3573
Coden: BSSAAP
Serial Title: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
Serial Volume: 86
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Regional network focal mechanism determination using 3D velocity model and SH/P amplitude ratio
Affiliation: Central Weather Bureau, Seismological Observation Center, Taiwan, China
Pages: 1270-1283
Published: 199610
Text Language: English
Publisher: Seismological Society of America, Berkeley, CA, United States
References: 33
Accession Number: 1997-008901
Categories: Seismology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch maps
N22°00'00" - N25°30'00", E119°15'00" - E122°00'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 199703
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