The 3 September 1978, Swabian Jura (southwest Germany) earthquake (MWA = 5.7) was followed by a large number of aftershocks which have been recorded with a local network of five portable seismic stations. The seismic moments, fault radii, and the static stress drops have been determined from the SH displacement spectra using the Brune (1970) source model. The data set is consistent with the Gutenberg-Richter energy-magnitude relation.
Below a Wood-Anderson magnitude of about 4, the corner frequencies increase only slowly with decreasing magnitudes. No corner frequency higher than 15 Hz has been observed in the magnitude range down to 0.8. Correspondingly, the high-frequency decay slopes show a strong increase when the corner frequencies are approaching the maximum frequency. This prevents the use of slope data for Q determinations.
In terms of the Madariaga (1977) crack model, the data show a strong influence of source complexities on the smaller events.