Abstract

We present an experimental study of topographic site effects. The data we use come from an experiment carried out during the summer of 1989, in Epire (northern Greece). Ten digital stations recorded a total of 68 small earthquakes. A recent article (Chávez-García et al., 1996) presented a comparison between site effects determined using horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratios (HVSR) for this data set and theoretical modeling. In this note, we compare the topographic site effects determined using HVSR with another, independent, experimental estimate: a generalized inversion scheme (GIS). Neither HVSR nor GIS depend on the availability of a reference site. We obtain a very good agreement between both estimates of topographic site effects for both horizontal components. Our results support the use of HVSR to determine topographic site effects.

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