abstract

The application of microtremor spectra in predicting frequency-dependent amplification effects of local site geology was investigated. Long time-interval (> 45 min) microtremor data were used to estimate Power Spectral Density (PSD) plots. Peaks occurring in these PSD plots were correlated with peaks of transfer functions (Haskell, 1960 and 1962) calculated from known geological models. The resulting apparent positive correlations indicate that a procedure of estimating PSD plots from long time intervals of microtremor data would be useful in predicting response spectra for earthquake risk evaluation.

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