abstract

The June 13, 1975 earthquake in the New Madrid seismic zone produced the first recorded strong-motion accelerograms for an event in the region, as well as the largest recorded accelerations to date for any event in eastern North America. The peak strong-motion values obtained from an analysis of the accelerograms are the following: amax = 43 cm/sec2, vmax = 1 cm/sec and dmax = 0.05 cm for the longitudinal S88°W component; amax = 31 cm/sec2, vmax = 0.6 cm/sec and dmax = 0.01 cm for the DOWN component; amax = 64 cm/sec2, vmax = 1.6 cm/sec2, and dmax = 0.09 cm for the tangential S02°E component.

Source parameter estimation using long-period surface waves, Lg spectra, P-wave first motions and the integrated accelerograms leads to a consistent solution. The seismic moment is estimated to be 4E21 dyne-cm and the corner period 0.6 sec. The corner period-seismic moment pair for this event agrees with the regional scaling of these parameters observed by Street et al. (1975).

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