Location

2015/09/18 09:16:56 35.997 -96.808 3.0 3.5 Kansas

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  2015/09/18 09:16:56:0  36.00  -96.81   3.0 3.5 Kansas
 
 Stations used:
   GS.OK025 GS.OK029 GS.OK032 OK.BCOK OK.CHOK OK.CROK OK.FNO 
 
 Filtering commands used:
   cut o DIST/3.3 -20 o DIST/3.3 +50
   rtr
   taper w 0.1
   hp c 0.04 n 3 
   lp c 0.12 n 3 
 
 Best Fitting Double Couple
  Mo = 8.22e+20 dyne-cm
  Mw = 3.21 
  Z  = 3 km
  Plane   Strike  Dip  Rake
   NP1      240    90   180
   NP2      330    90    -0
  Principal Axes:
   Axis    Value   Plunge  Azimuth
    T   8.22e+20     -0      15
    N   0.00e+00     90     240
    P  -8.22e+20     -0     105

 Moment Tensor: (dyne-cm)
    Component   Value
       Mxx     7.12e+20
       Mxy     4.11e+20
       Mxz    -3.11e+13
       Myy    -7.12e+20
       Myz     1.80e+13
       Mzz    -0.00e+00
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                     ########### T                   
                 -##############   ####              
              -----#######################           
             -------#######################          
           ----------########################        
          ------------########################       
         --------------###################-----      
        ----------------###############---------     
        -----------------###########------------     
       -------------------#######----------------    
       --------------------###-------------------    
       -------------------###--------------------    
       ----------------#######-------------------    
        ------------###########---------------       
        ---------###############-------------- P     
         -----###################-------------       
          ########################------------       
           ########################----------        
             #######################-------          
              #######################-----           
                 #####################-              
                     ##############                  
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
 Global CMT Convention Moment Tensor:
      R          T          P
 -0.00e+00  -3.11e+13  -1.80e+13 
 -3.11e+13   7.12e+20  -4.11e+20 
 -1.80e+13  -4.11e+20  -7.12e+20 


Details of the solution is found at

http://www.eas.slu.edu/eqc/eqc_mt/MECH.NA/20150918091656/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 = 150
      DIP = 90
     RAKE = 0
       MW = 3.21
       HS = 3.0

The NDK file is 20150918091656.ndk The waveform inversion is preferred.

Moment Tensor Comparison

The following compares this source inversion to others
SLU
 USGS/SLU Moment Tensor Solution
 ENS  2015/09/18 09:16:56:0  36.00  -96.81   3.0 3.5 Kansas
 
 Stations used:
   GS.OK025 GS.OK029 GS.OK032 OK.BCOK OK.CHOK OK.CROK OK.FNO 
 
 Filtering commands used:
   cut o DIST/3.3 -20 o DIST/3.3 +50
   rtr
   taper w 0.1
   hp c 0.04 n 3 
   lp c 0.12 n 3 
 
 Best Fitting Double Couple
  Mo = 8.22e+20 dyne-cm
  Mw = 3.21 
  Z  = 3 km
  Plane   Strike  Dip  Rake
   NP1      240    90   180
   NP2      330    90    -0
  Principal Axes:
   Axis    Value   Plunge  Azimuth
    T   8.22e+20     -0      15
    N   0.00e+00     90     240
    P  -8.22e+20     -0     105

 Moment Tensor: (dyne-cm)
    Component   Value
       Mxx     7.12e+20
       Mxy     4.11e+20
       Mxz    -3.11e+13
       Myy    -7.12e+20
       Myz     1.80e+13
       Mzz    -0.00e+00
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                     ########### T                   
                 -##############   ####              
              -----#######################           
             -------#######################          
           ----------########################        
          ------------########################       
         --------------###################-----      
        ----------------###############---------     
        -----------------###########------------     
       -------------------#######----------------    
       --------------------###-------------------    
       -------------------###--------------------    
       ----------------#######-------------------    
        ------------###########---------------       
        ---------###############-------------- P     
         -----###################-------------       
          ########################------------       
           ########################----------        
             #######################-------          
              #######################-----           
                 #####################-              
                     ##############                  
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
 Global CMT Convention Moment Tensor:
      R          T          P
 -0.00e+00  -3.11e+13  -1.80e+13 
 -3.11e+13   7.12e+20  -4.11e+20 
 -1.80e+13  -4.11e+20  -7.12e+20 


Details of the solution is found at

http://www.eas.slu.edu/eqc/eqc_mt/MECH.NA/20150918091656/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:

cut o DIST/3.3 -20 o DIST/3.3 +50
rtr
taper w 0.1
hp c 0.04 n 3 
lp c 0.12 n 3 
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   325    70   -15   3.02 0.3808
WVFGRD96    2.0   150    80     5   3.16 0.4628
WVFGRD96    3.0   150    90     0   3.21 0.4801
WVFGRD96    4.0   150    90     0   3.26 0.4726
WVFGRD96    5.0   335    70    10   3.32 0.4584
WVFGRD96    6.0   335    70    10   3.36 0.4367
WVFGRD96    7.0   335    70    10   3.39 0.4084
WVFGRD96    8.0   155    55     5   3.44 0.3758
WVFGRD96    9.0   150    55     0   3.45 0.3491
WVFGRD96   10.0   150    60     0   3.46 0.3226
WVFGRD96   11.0   150    60     0   3.47 0.2983
WVFGRD96   12.0   335    65    15   3.49 0.2767
WVFGRD96   13.0   335    65    15   3.50 0.2559
WVFGRD96   14.0   335    65    15   3.51 0.2371
WVFGRD96   15.0   335    65    15   3.52 0.2204
WVFGRD96   16.0   335    60    15   3.53 0.2064
WVFGRD96   17.0   335    60    15   3.53 0.1943
WVFGRD96   18.0   335    50    10   3.56 0.1847
WVFGRD96   19.0   330    45    -5   3.57 0.1774
WVFGRD96   20.0   330    40    -5   3.60 0.1722
WVFGRD96   21.0   330    40    -5   3.61 0.1688
WVFGRD96   22.0   330    35   -10   3.64 0.1664
WVFGRD96   23.0   330    35   -10   3.65 0.1654
WVFGRD96   24.0   325    45   -10   3.61 0.1653
WVFGRD96   25.0   325    45   -10   3.62 0.1681
WVFGRD96   26.0   250    70    60   3.66 0.1807
WVFGRD96   27.0   250    70    60   3.67 0.1936
WVFGRD96   28.0   250    70    60   3.68 0.2051
WVFGRD96   29.0   255    70    65   3.71 0.2137

The best solution is

WVFGRD96    3.0   150    90     0   3.21 0.4801

The mechanism correspond 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

cut o DIST/3.3 -20 o DIST/3.3 +50
rtr
taper w 0.1
hp c 0.04 n 3 
lp c 0.12 n 3 
Figure 3. Waveform comparison for selected depth. Red: observed; Blue - predicted. The time shift with respect to the model prediction is indicated. The percent of fit is also indicated.
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 WUS model used for the waveform synthetic seismograms and for the surface wave eigenfunctions and dispersion is as follows:

MODEL.01
Model after     8 iterations
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
     1.9000     3.4065     2.0089     2.2150  0.302E-02  0.679E-02   0.00       0.00       1.00       1.00    
     6.1000     5.5445     3.2953     2.6089  0.349E-02  0.784E-02   0.00       0.00       1.00       1.00    
    13.0000     6.2708     3.7396     2.7812  0.212E-02  0.476E-02   0.00       0.00       1.00       1.00    
    19.0000     6.4075     3.7680     2.8223  0.111E-02  0.249E-02   0.00       0.00       1.00       1.00    
     0.0000     7.9000     4.6200     3.2760  0.164E-10  0.370E-10   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:

Last Changed Mon Dec 7 00:07:36 CST 2015