Accelerograms recorded at six stations in the metropolitan Los Angeles area during the Borrego Mountain, 1968, the Lytle Creek, 1970, and the San Fernando, 1971, earthquakes in southern California have been studied. In comparing the ground motions recorded during different earthquakes at each of the six stations and in correlations of these motions recorded at different stations during the same earthquake, those aspects of the analysis which emerge from this study and are relevant for seismic zoning have been emphasized.

It has been found that the patterns of strong ground shaking in this area depend predominantly on the mechanism and the distance of an earthquake source from a recording station and that the local soil conditions played only a minor role in modifying the ground motion at this particular area. It has been shown that gross spectral characteristics of ground motion recorded at various stations can be approximately related by the seismic moment at the low-frequency end and by the stress drop at the high-frequency end.

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