Site-specific shallow shear-wave velocity (Vs) has long been recognized as a key element affecting earthquake site response (e.g., Borcherdt 1970). The use of Vs in assessing site response in urban seismic hazard investigations is rapidly coming to the forefront of research (e.g., Cramer 2003; Cramer et al. 2004; Frankel et al.2007, 2009). Vs is also an important parameter in building codes (ICC 2006) and in design applications by the earthquake engineering community (Kramer 1996). As such, the need for rapid, accurate, and inexpensive collection...

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