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The effect of S-wave arrival times on the accuracy of hypocenter estimation

Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America

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Abstract

We have examined the theoretical basis behind some of the widely accepted "rules of thumb' for obtaining accurate hypocenter estimates that pertain to the use of S phases and illustrate, in a variety of ways, why and when these "rules' are applicable. Most methods used to determine earthquake hypocenters are based on iterative, linearized, least-squares algorithms. We examine the influence of S-phase arrival time data on such algorithms by using the program HYPOINVERSE with synthetic datasets. We conclude that a correctly timed S phase recorded within about 1.4 focal depth's distance from the epicenter can be a powerful constraint on focal depth. Furthermore, we demonstrate that even a single incorrectly timed S phase can result in depth estimates and associated measures of uncertainty that are significantly incorrect. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The effect of S-wave arrival times on the accuracy of hypocenter estimation
Series title:
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
Volume
80
Issue:
6 A
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
1605
Last page:
1628
Number of Pages:
24