Seismicity of the Pahute Mesa area, Nevada Test Site: 8 October 1975 to 30 June 1976

Open-File Report 77-826
Prepared for the Nevada Operations Office Environmental Research and Development Administration
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Abstract

A total of 1,075 earthquakes occurred in the Pahute Mesa area with 2.5≤ML≤4.9 during the period October 28, 1975, to June 28, 1976. The majority of these earthquakes are aftershocks of the nuclear events, Kasseri, Inlet, Muenster, Fontina, Cheshire, Estuary, Colby, and Pool (5.8≤ML≤6.3). Smaller nuclear events (ML≤5.5) on Rainier Mesa and Yucca Flat detonated in the same time period did not trigger aftershock sequences. The aftershock series were displaced laterally from ground zero and occurred deeper (at 4–6 km) than the nuclear even depth of burial (~1 km). The aftershocks appear to occur on vertical faults with approximately north-south strike.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Seismicity of the Pahute Mesa area, Nevada Test Site: 8 October 1975 to 30 June 1976
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 77-826
DOI 10.3133/ofr77826
Year Published 1977
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description v, 61 p.
Time Range Start 1975-10-08
Time Range End 1976-06-30
Country United States
State Nevada
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