Abstract

Fourier amplitude spectra were computed for 40 central Nevada microearthquakes, selected to consider, independently, effects of azimuth and distance from known sources. Spectra were averaged for groups of events to eliminate peculiarities of individual records and emphasize group characteristics. Spectral characteristics did not behave systematically as a function of azimuth from the recording site to the source, but peak spectral frequency was found to correlate strongly with event magnitude and to some degree also with focal distance. These preliminary results suggest that recordings of small earthquakes and microearthquakes can be used to provide detailed information on the character of seismic signals related to properties of the source and propagation path.

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