Abstract

The approximate hexagonal configuration of LASA subarrays enables their use as omnidirectional arrays. This property is used to study the phase velocity of short-period seismic noise at different frequencies. It is found that the noise in the low-frequency band consists mainly of surface waves traveling with average velocities in the range 3.0 to 3.5 km/sec. The high-frequency noise, in the band 0.45 to 1.0 Hz, has an average velocity of about 6.0 km/sec. It is quite likely that the high-frequency noise has the nature of locally-generated body waves. Statistical analysis of Pg velocities observed during a crustal refraction experiment at LASA lends support to this hypothesis.

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