Abstract

Site conditions (i.e., depth to bedrock and intermediate horizons within the soil column, and the shear wave velocities of-the soils and bedrock) have been investigated using and SH-wave velocity data at eight sites in Illinois and Indiana where the June 10, 1987, southeastern Illinois earthquake was recorded on blast monitors. The site effects have been calculated using the site conditions and the one dimensional response analysis program WAVES (Hart and Wilson, 1989), and it was found that the site conditions caused the peak particle accelerations to be amplified by a factor of 2.7 to 4.8. It is suggested that the records of ground motions obtained at sites not on rock be considered inadequate for usage at other sites unless accompanied by a quantitative description of the site conditions.

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