Estimates for peak ground acceleration and velocity were obtained by use of the approach of Hanks and McGuire (1981) and Boore (1983) for a model of the radiated spectrum corresponding to Brune's ω−2 source model modified by an exponentially decreasing function of frequency. This modification was suggested by the work of Anderson and Hough (1984) on spectral amplitudes. For this spectral model, it was found that it is not possible to determine a value for the stress drop parameter such that agreement with data is obtained for both peak accelerations and velocities. This finding contrasts with that of Boore (1983) who found good agreement with data by introducing an artificial cut-off frequency of 15 Hz.

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