2003/04/17 01:04:19 39.55N 111.88W 5 4.4 Utah
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The focal mechanism was determined using broadband seismic waveforms. The location of the event and the station distribution are given in Figure 1.
STK = 185 DIP = 50 RAKE = -85 MW = 4.13 HS = 2
The preferred solution is based on the waveform fit. the surface wave spectral amplitdue fit supports a shallow depth.
The program wvfgrd96 was used with good traces observed at short distance to determine the focal mechanism, depth and seismic moment. This technique requires a high quality signal and well determined velocity model for the Green functions. To the extent that these are the quality data, this type of mechanism should be preferred over the radiation pattern technique which requires the separate step of defining the pressure and tension quadrants and the correct strike.
The observed and predicted traces are filtered using the following gsac commands:
hp c 0.02 3 lp c 0.07 3The results of this grid search from 0.5 to 19 km depth are as follow:
DEPTH STK DIP RAKE MW FIT WVFGRD96 0.5 360 40 -90 4.01 0.4322 WVFGRD96 1.0 360 40 -90 4.02 0.4056 WVFGRD96 2.0 185 50 -85 4.13 0.4835 WVFGRD96 3.0 205 60 -70 4.18 0.4377 WVFGRD96 4.0 205 60 -65 4.17 0.4161 WVFGRD96 5.0 205 65 -65 4.17 0.4102 WVFGRD96 6.0 205 65 -65 4.18 0.4018 WVFGRD96 7.0 360 80 -80 4.22 0.4025 WVFGRD96 8.0 360 80 -80 4.27 0.4073 WVFGRD96 9.0 360 80 -80 4.27 0.4019 WVFGRD96 10.0 360 80 -75 4.27 0.3956 WVFGRD96 11.0 360 80 -75 4.27 0.3890 WVFGRD96 12.0 360 80 -70 4.27 0.3810 WVFGRD96 13.0 360 80 -70 4.28 0.3758 WVFGRD96 14.0 360 80 -70 4.28 0.3713 WVFGRD96 15.0 360 80 -70 4.29 0.3668 WVFGRD96 16.0 360 80 -70 4.29 0.3620 WVFGRD96 17.0 360 80 -65 4.29 0.3585 WVFGRD96 18.0 360 80 -65 4.30 0.3554 WVFGRD96 19.0 360 80 -65 4.30 0.3521
The best solution is
WVFGRD96 2.0 185 50 -85 4.13 0.4835
The mechanism correspond to the best fit is
The best fit as a function of depth is given in the following figure:
The comparison of the observed and predicted waveforms is given in the next figure. The red traces are the observed and the blue are the predicted. Each observed-predicted componnet is plotted to the same scale and peak amplitudes are indicated by the numbers to the left of each trace. The number in black at the rightr of each predicted traces it the time shift required for maximum correlation between the observed and predicted traces. This time shift is required because the synthetics are not computed at exactly the same distance as the observed and because the velocity model used in the predictions may not be perfect. A positive time shift indicates that the prediction is too fast and should be delayed to match the observed trace (shift to the right in this figure). A negative value indicates that the prediction is too slow. The bandpass filter used in the processing and for the display was
hp c 0.02 3 lp c 0.07 3
|Focal mechanism sensitivity at the preferred depth. The red color indicates a very good fit to thewavefroms. Each solution is plotted as a vector at a given value of strike and dip with the angle of the vector representing the rake angle, measured, with respect to the upward vertical (N) in the figure.|
NODAL PLANES STK= 199.99 DIP= 60.00 RAKE= -90.00 OR STK= 20.00 DIP= 30.00 RAKE= -90.00 DEPTH = 2.0 km Mw = 4.21 Best Fit 0.7634 - P-T axis plot gives solutions with FIT greater than FIT90
The P-wave first motion data for focal mechanism studies are as follow:
Sta Az(deg) Dist(km) First motion MPU 22 56 eP_X DUG 312 107 eP_X MVU 194 120 eP_X HWUT 7 230 eP_- HVU 343 259 iP_D ELK 296 315 eP_X AHID 10 363 eP_X BW06 28 407 eP_X BMN 284 467 eP_X
Surface wave analysis was performed using codes from Computer Programs in Seismology, specifically the multiple filter analysis program do_mft and the surface-wave radiation pattern search program srfgrd96.
The velocity model used for the search is a modified Utah model .
Digital data were collected, instrument response removed and traces converted
to Z, R an T components. Multiple filter analysis was applied to the Z and T traces to obtain the Rayleigh- and Love-wave spectral amplitudes, respectively.
These were input to the search program which examined all depths between 1 and 25 km
and all possible mechanisms.
|Pressure-tension axis trends. Since the surface-wave spectra search does not distinguish between P and T axes and since there is a 180 ambiguity in strike, all possible P and T axes are plotted. First motion data and waveforms will be used to select the preferred mechanism. The purpose of this plot is to provide an idea of the possible range of solutions. The P and T-axes for all mechanisms with goodness of fit greater than 0.9 FITMAX (above) are plotted here.|
|Focal mechanism sensitivity at the preferred depth. The red color indicates a very good fit to the Love and Rayleigh wave radiation patterns. Each solution is plotted as a vector at a given value of strike and dip with the angle of the vector representing the rake angle, measured, with respect to the upward vertical (N) in the figure. Because of the symmetry of the spectral amplitude rediation patterns, only strikes from 0-180 degrees are sampled.|
Sta Az(deg) Dist(km) MPU 22 56 DUG 312 107 MVU 194 120 HWUT 7 230 HVU 343 259 ELK 296 315 AHID 10 363 BW06 28 407 WUAZ 174 450 BMN 284 467 TPNV 234 479 TPH 252 492 HLID 336 493 ISCO 85 538 MNV 259 557 SDCO 108 590 DAC 236 620 WVOR 302 652 BOZ 2 678 WCN 270 678 ANMO 135 701 ISA 236 724 MOD 293 758 TUC 173 809 RSSD 50 825 MSO 349 826 LTX 144 1360
Since the analysis of the surface-wave radiation patterns uses only spectral amplitudes and because the surfave-wave radiation patterns have a 180 degree symmetry, each surface-wave solution consists of four possible focal mechanisms corresponding to the interchange of the P- and T-axes and a roation of the mechanism by 180 degrees. To select one mechanism, P-wave first motion can be used. This was not possible in this case because all the P-wave first motions were emergent ( a feature of the P-wave wave takeoff angle, the station location and the mechanism). The other way to select among the mechanisms is to compute forward synthetics and compare the observed and predicted waveforms.
The velocity model used for the waveform fit is a modified Utah model .
The fits to the waveforms with the given mechanism are show below:
This figure shows the fit to the three components of motion (Z - vertical, R-radial and T - transverse). For each station and component, the observed traces is shown in red and the model predicted trace in blue. The traces represent filtered ground velocity in units of meters/sec (the peak value is printed adjacent to each trace; each pair of traces to plotted to the same scale to emphasize the difference in levels). Both synthetic and observed traces have been filtered using the SAC commands:
hp c 0.02 3 lp c 0.07 3
Should the national backbone of the USGS Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) be implemented with an interstation separation of 300 km, it is very likely that an earthquake such as this would have been recorded at distances on the order of 100-200 km. This means that the closest station would have information on source depth and mechanism that was lacking here.
Dr. Harley Benz, USGS, provided the USGS USNSN digital data.
The figures below show the observed spectral amplitudes (units of cm-sec) at each station and the
theoretical predictions as a function of period for the mechanism given above. The modified Utah model earth model
was used to define the Green's functions. For each station, the Love and Rayleigh wave spectrail amplitudes are plotted with the same scaling so that one can get a sense fo the effects of the effects of the focal mechanism and depth on the excitation of each.
Here we tabulate the reasons for not using certain digital data sets
The following stations did not have a valid response files: