Abstract

An analysis of 16 seismoscope records from the Parkfield earthquake indicates the general usefulness of seismoscope data as a supplement to information produced by recording accelerographs. The pattern of attenuation of response spectrum values with distance from the fault was obtained, and certain anomalies in response spectrum values which may be related to local geologic structure were noted. The initial strong ground motions in the immediate vicinity of the fault were found to be predominately transverse to the fault. A direct comparison of seismoscope results with response spectrum curves calculated from recorded groud acceleration-time curves indicates an overall seismoscope accuracy under typical field conditions of 10-15 per cent.

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