Seismic hazard classifications and Vs30 in Connecticut using MASW and HVSR methods

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Abstract

Five new seismic hazard classifications for Hartford County, Connecticut (CT), were proposed by New England State Geologists (NESG) in an effort to improve the current USGS Seismic Hazard Map. These classes were derived from mapped surficial materials, but in situ information is required to verify this approach. Therefore, active and passive surface wave techniques were performed at thirty field sites to determine VS30 and compare the results to the NESG map. Passive data were processed using the Horizontal-to-Vertical Spectral Ratio (HVSR); active data were processed with the multi-channel analysis of surface waves (MASW) technique. The field investigation demonstrated that the surficial material-based system was not sufficient for 66% of the field sites and in-situ velocity information from at least two methods should be considered for improved classification. The geophysical work discussed here represents the first field de-rived VS30 values for Hartford County, CT.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Seismic hazard classifications and Vs30 in Connecticut using MASW and HVSR methods
DOI 10.1190/segam2018-2996137.1
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Contributing office(s) OGW Branch of Geophysics
Description 5 p.
Conference Title SEG International Exposition and 88th Annual Meeting
Conference Location Anaheim, CA
Conference Date October 16, 2018