Abstract

The Parkfield earthquake of June 28, 1966 (04:26:12.4 GMT) is studied using short-period and long-period teleseismic records. It is found that (1) Mb = 5.8 and Ms = 6.4 as compared to Mb = 5.4 and Ms = 5.4 for the foreshock (04:08:54), (2) both the Rayleigh and Love wave radiation patterns conform to those of a double couple at a depth of about 8.6 km, (3) the main shock can be represented by a series of shocks separated in space and time.

The near-field strong-motion data support the last conclusion. Based on strong-motion seismograms, and the surficial evidences of the dimensions of the fault, the energy is found to be 1021 ergs.

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