Location

2011/11/04 17:17:22 37.969 -77.884 0.80 2.50 Virginia

Arrival Times (from USGS)

Arrival time list

Felt Map

USGS Felt map for this earthquake

USGS Felt reports main page

Focal Mechanism

 USGS/SLU Moment Tensor Solution
 ENS  2011/11/04 17:17:22:5  37.97  -77.88   0.8 2.5 Virginia
 
 Stations used:
   ET.UOM1 ET.UOM3 GS.CVRD YC.IP01 YC.IP03 
 
 Filtering commands used:
   taper w 0.05
   transfer from none to none freqlimtis 0.3 0.4 0.8 1.5
 
 Best Fitting Double Couple
  Mo = 3.89e+18 dyne-cm
  Mw = 1.66 
  Z  = 1 km
  Plane   Strike  Dip  Rake
   NP1      185    55   120
   NP2      320    45    55
  Principal Axes:
   Axis    Value   Plunge  Azimuth
    T   3.89e+18     65     153
    N   0.00e+00     24     346
    P  -3.89e+18      5     254

 Moment Tensor: (dyne-cm)
    Component   Value
       Mxx     2.37e+17
       Mxy    -1.30e+18
       Mxz    -1.21e+18
       Myy    -3.42e+18
       Myz     1.01e+18
       Mzz     3.19e+18
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
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 Global CMT Convention Moment Tensor:
      R          T          P
  3.19e+18  -1.21e+18  -1.01e+18 
 -1.21e+18   2.37e+17   1.30e+18 
 -1.01e+18   1.30e+18  -3.42e+18 


Details of the solution is found at

http://www.eas.slu.edu/eqc/eqc_mt/MECH.NA/20111104171722/index.html
        

Preferred Solution

The preferred solution from an analysis of the surface-wave spectral amplitude radiation pattern, waveform inversion and first motion observations is

      STK = 320
      DIP = 45
     RAKE = 55
       MW = 1.66
       HS = 1.0

The NDK file is 20111104171722.ndk The waveform inversion is preferred.

Moment Tensor Comparison

The following compares this source inversion to others
SLU
 USGS/SLU Moment Tensor Solution
 ENS  2011/11/04 17:17:22:5  37.97  -77.88   0.8 2.5 Virginia
 
 Stations used:
   ET.UOM1 ET.UOM3 GS.CVRD YC.IP01 YC.IP03 
 
 Filtering commands used:
   taper w 0.05
   transfer from none to none freqlimtis 0.3 0.4 0.8 1.5
 
 Best Fitting Double Couple
  Mo = 3.89e+18 dyne-cm
  Mw = 1.66 
  Z  = 1 km
  Plane   Strike  Dip  Rake
   NP1      185    55   120
   NP2      320    45    55
  Principal Axes:
   Axis    Value   Plunge  Azimuth
    T   3.89e+18     65     153
    N   0.00e+00     24     346
    P  -3.89e+18      5     254

 Moment Tensor: (dyne-cm)
    Component   Value
       Mxx     2.37e+17
       Mxy    -1.30e+18
       Mxz    -1.21e+18
       Myy    -3.42e+18
       Myz     1.01e+18
       Mzz     3.19e+18
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
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         ------------###############-----------      
        ------------#################-----------     
        ------------###################---------     
       ------------#####################---------    
       ------------######################--------    
       ------------######################--------    
          ---------##########   ##########-------    
        P ---------########## T ##########------     
          ---------##########   ###########-----     
         -----------#######################----      
          ----------#######################---       
           ----------######################--        
             --------#####################-          
              --------###################-           
                 ------################              
                     ----##########                  
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
 Global CMT Convention Moment Tensor:
      R          T          P
  3.19e+18  -1.21e+18  -1.01e+18 
 -1.21e+18   2.37e+17   1.30e+18 
 -1.01e+18   1.30e+18  -3.42e+18 


Details of the solution is found at

http://www.eas.slu.edu/eqc/eqc_mt/MECH.NA/20111104171722/index.html
	

Magnitudes

mLg Magnitude


(a) mLg computed using the IASPEI formula; (b) mLg residuals ; the values used for the trimmed mean are indicated.

ML Magnitude


(a) ML computed using the IASPEI formula for Horizontal components; (b) ML residuals computed using a modified IASPEI formula that accounts for path specific attenuation; the values used for the trimmed mean are indicated. The ML relation used for each figure is given at the bottom of each plot.


(a) ML computed using the IASPEI formula for Vertical components (research); (b) ML residuals computed using a modified IASPEI formula that accounts for path specific attenuation; the values used for the trimmed mean are indicated. The ML relation used for each figure is given at the bottom of each plot.

Context

The next figure presents the focal mechanism for this earthquake (red) in the context of other events (blue) in the SLU Moment Tensor Catalog which are within ± 0.5 degrees of the new event. This comparison is shown in the left panel of the figure. The right panel shows the inferred direction of maximum compressive stress and the type of faulting (green is strike-slip, red is normal, blue is thrust; oblique is shown by a combination of colors).

Waveform Inversion

The focal mechanism was determined using broadband seismic waveforms. The location of the event and the and stations used for the waveform inversion are shown in the next figure.
Location of broadband stations used for waveform inversion

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:

taper w 0.05
transfer from none to none freqlimtis 0.3 0.4 0.8 1.5
The results of this grid search from 0.5 to 19 km depth are as follow:

           DEPTH  STK   DIP  RAKE   MW    FIT
WVFGRD96    1.0   320    45    55   1.66 0.4947
WVFGRD96    2.0   345    55    60   1.83 0.4738
WVFGRD96    3.0   350    55    60   1.93 0.4611
WVFGRD96    4.0   265    75    20   2.10 0.4221
WVFGRD96    5.0   265    70    30   2.13 0.4198
WVFGRD96    6.0   265    75    30   2.15 0.3776
WVFGRD96    7.0   350    90    80   2.04 0.3472
WVFGRD96    8.0   325    40   -45   2.19 0.3438
WVFGRD96    9.0    95    60    60   2.23 0.3463
WVFGRD96   10.0   100    55    65   2.29 0.3501
WVFGRD96   11.0   325    40   -55   2.34 0.3507
WVFGRD96   12.0   325    40   -55   2.35 0.3391
WVFGRD96   13.0   140    70   -75   2.28 0.3175
WVFGRD96   14.0   145    75   -60   2.29 0.2989
WVFGRD96   15.0   150    80   -55   2.28 0.2897
WVFGRD96   16.0   150    80   -55   2.29 0.2902
WVFGRD96   17.0   145    75   -55   2.34 0.2908
WVFGRD96   18.0   270    35    50   2.40 0.2829
WVFGRD96   19.0   275    35    55   2.40 0.2445

The best solution is

WVFGRD96    1.0   320    45    55   1.66 0.4947

The mechanism corresponding to the best fit is
Figure 1. Waveform inversion focal mechanism

The best fit as a function of depth is given in the following figure:

Figure 2. Depth sensitivity for waveform mechanism

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 component is plotted to the same scale and peak amplitudes are indicated by the numbers to the left of each trace. A pair of numbers is given in black at the right of each predicted traces. The upper number 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 lower number gives the percentage of variance reduction to characterize the individual goodness of fit (100% indicates a perfect fit).

The bandpass filter used in the processing and for the display was

taper w 0.05
transfer from none to none freqlimtis 0.3 0.4 0.8 1.5
Figure 3. Waveform comparison for selected depth
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.

A check on the assumed source location is possible by looking at the time shifts between the observed and predicted traces. The time shifts for waveform matching arise for several reasons:

Assuming only a mislocation, the time shifts are fit to a functional form:

 Time_shift = A + B cos Azimuth + C Sin Azimuth

The time shifts for this inversion lead to the next figure:

The derived shift in origin time and epicentral coordinates are given at the bottom of the figure.

Discussion

Acknowledgements

Thanks also to the many seismic network operators whose dedication make this effort possible: University of Nevada Reno, University of Alaska, University of Washington, Oregon State University, University of Utah, Montana Bureas of Mines, UC Berkely, Caltech, UC San Diego, Saint Louis University, University of Memphis, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, the Iris stations and the Transportable Array of EarthScope.

Velocity Model

The CUS model used for the waveform synthetic seismograms and for the surface wave eigenfunctions and dispersion is as follows:

MODEL.01
CUS Model with Q from simple gamma values
ISOTROPIC
KGS
FLAT EARTH
1-D
CONSTANT VELOCITY
LINE08
LINE09
LINE10
LINE11
  H(KM) VP(KM/S) VS(KM/S) RHO(GM/CC)   QP   QS  ETAP  ETAS  FREFP  FREFS
  1.0000  5.0000  2.8900  2.5000 0.172E-02 0.387E-02 0.00  0.00  1.00  1.00 
  9.0000  6.1000  3.5200  2.7300 0.160E-02 0.363E-02 0.00  0.00  1.00  1.00 
 10.0000  6.4000  3.7000  2.8200 0.149E-02 0.336E-02 0.00  0.00  1.00  1.00 
 20.0000  6.7000  3.8700  2.9020 0.000E-04 0.000E-04 0.00  0.00  1.00  1.00 
  0.0000  8.1500  4.7000  3.3640 0.194E-02 0.431E-02 0.00  0.00  1.00  1.00 

Quality Control

Here we tabulate the reasons for not using certain digital data sets

The following stations did not have a valid response files:

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