abstract

The aftershocks of the Rat Islands earthquake of 4 February 1965 provided a large volume of data for processing with a T-phase source location program. Although the earthquake epicenters were somewhat uniformly distributed through the Rat and Near Islands region, the computed T-phase sources were grouped in six clusters along the Aleutian arc. The clusters are considered to represent radiation from distinct sites along the Aleutian Ridge. These sites are probably submarine promontories which, due to their exposure, radiate energy over broader arcs of the Pacific than do intervening regions. The relationship of T-phase strength to earthquake magnitude varied little among these radiators; however, T phases from sources south of the Aleutian trench were significantly weaker. Identification of the arrivals from separate radiators in the signal from the main shock allowed an estimation of the length and velocity of the faulting. The estimate was 500 km and 3.5 km/sec.

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