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1 ISNS 3359 Earthquakes and Volcanoes (aka shake and bake)
Lecture 6: Locating EQ’s, EQ Magnitude and Intensity Fall 2005

2 Development of Seismology
Seismology: study of earthquakes Earliest earthquake device: China, 132 B.C. Instruments to detect earthquake waves: seismometers Instruments to record earthquake waves: seismographs Capture movement of Earth in three components: north-south, east-west and vertical One part stays as stationary as possible while Earth vibrates: heavy mass fixed by inertia in frame that moves with the Earth, and differences between position of the frame and the mass are recorded digitally

3 Waves Amplitude: displacement
Wavelength: distance between successive waves Period: time between waves Frequency: number of waves in one second (1/period)

4 Seismic Waves b Seismic waves come in two families: those that can pass through the entire Earth (body waves) and those that move near the surface only (surface waves) Body waves: faster than surface waves, have short periods (high frequency – 0.5 to 20 Hz), most energetic near the hypocenter Two types of body waves: P waves and S waves

5 Body Waves P (primary) waves Fastest of all waves
Always first to reach a recording station (hence primary) Move as push-pull – alternating pulses of compression and extension, like wave through Slinky toy Travel through solid, liquid or gas Velocity depends on density and compressibility of substance they are traveling through Velocity of about 4.8 km/sec for P wave through granite Can travel through air and so may be audible near the epicenter

6 Body Waves

7 Body Waves S (secondary) waves
Second to reach a recording station (after primary) Exhibit transverse motion – shearing or shaking particles at right angles to the wave’s path (like shaking one end of a rope) Travel only through solids S wave is reflected back or converted if reaches liquid Velocity depends on density and resistance to shearing of substance Velocity of about 3.0 km/sec for S wave through granite Up-and-down and side-to-side shaking does severe damage to buildings

8 Seismic Waves

9 Seismic Waves and the Earth’s Interior
Waves from large earthquakes can pass through the entire Earth and be recorded all around the world Waves do not follow straight paths through the Earth but change velocity and direction as they encounter different layers From the Earth’s surface down: Waves initially speed up then slow at the asthenosphere Wave speeds increase through mantle until reaching outer core (liquid), where S waves disappear and P waves suddenly slow P wave speeds increase gradually through outer core until increasing dramatically at inner core (solid)

10 Seismic Waves and the Earth’s Interior

11 Surface Waves Surface waves
Travel near the Earth’s surface, created by body waves disturbing the surface Longer period than body waves (carry energy farther) Love waves Similar motion to S waves, but side-to-side in horizontal plane Travel faster than Rayleigh waves Do not move through air or water Rayleigh waves Backward-rotating, elliptical motion produces horizontal and vertical shaking, which feels like rolling, boat at sea More energy is released as Rayleigh waves when the hypocenter is close to the surface Travel great distances

12 Sound Waves and Seismic Waves
Seismologists record and analyze waves to determine where an earthquake occurred and how large it was Waves are fundamental to music and seismology Similarities: More high frequency waves if short path is traveled Trombone is retracted, short fault-rupture length (small earthquake) More low frequency waves if long path is traveled Trombone is extended, long fault-rupture length (large earthquake)


14 Seismic Velocity Seismic velocity is a material property (like density). There are two kinds of waves – Body and Surface waves. There are two kinds of body wave velocity – P and S wave velocities. P waves always travel faster than S waves. Seismic velocities depend on quantities like chemical composition, pressure, temperature, etc. Faster Velocities Lower temperatures Higher pressures Solid phases Slower Velocities Higher temperatures Lower pressures Liquid phases

15 Locating the Source of an Earthquake
P waves travel about 1.7 times faster than S waves Farther from hypocenter, greater time lag of S wave behind P wave (S-P) (S-P) time indicates how far away earthquake was from station – but in what direction?

16 Locating the Source of an Earthquake
Need distance of earthquake from three stations to pinpoint location of earthquake: Computer calculation Visualize circles drawn around each station for appropriate distance from station, and intersection of circles at earthquake’s location Method is most reliable when earthquake is near surface

17 Fig. 4.23














31 Solution to epicenter and hyopcenter
Mathematically, the problem is solved by setting up a system of linear equations, one for each station. The equations express the difference between the observed arrival times and those calculated from the previous (or initial) hypocenter, in terms of small steps in the 3 hypocentral coordinates and the origin time. We must also have a mathematical model of the crustal velocities (in kilometers per second) under the seismic network to calculate the travel times of waves from an earthquake at a given depth to a station at a given distance. The system of linear equations is solved by the method of least squares which minimizes the sum of the squares of the differences between the observed and calculated arrival times. The process begins with an initial guessed hypocenter, performs several hypocentral adjustments each found by a least squares solution to the equations, and iterates to a hypocenter that best fits the observed set of wave arrival times at the stations of the seismic network.






37 Magnitude of Earthquakes
Richter scale Devised in 1935 to describe magnitude of shallow, moderately-sized earthquakes located near Caltech seismometers in southern California Bigger earthquake  greater shaking  greater amplitude of lines on seismogram Defined magnitude as ‘logarithm of maximum seismic wave amplitude recorded on standard seismogram at 100 km from earthquake’, with corrections made for distance For every 10 fold increase in recorded amplitude, Richter magnitude increases one number

38 Magnitude of Earthquakes
Richter scale With every one increase in Richter magnitude, the energy release increases by about 45 times, but energy is also spread out over much larger area and over longer time Bigger earthquake means more people will experience shaking and for longer time (increases damage to buildings) Many more small earthquakes each year than large ones, but more than 90% of energy release is from few large earthquakes Richter scale magnitude is easy and quick to calculate, so popular with media

39 Magnitude of Earthquakes

40 Magnitude of Earthquakes

41 Magnitude of Earthquakes
21,688 earthquakes recorded by NEIC in 1998

42 Magnitude of Earthquakes
21,688 earthquakes recorded by NEIC in 1998

43 Other Measures of Earthquake Size
Richter scale is useful for magnitude of shallow, small-moderate nearby earthquakes Does not work well for distant or large earthquakes Short-period waves do not increase amplitude for bigger earthquakes Richter scale: 1906 San Francisco earthquake was magnitude 8.3 1964 Alaska earthquake was magnitude 8.3 Other magnitude scale: 1906 San Francisco earthquake was magnitude 7.8 1964 Alaska earthquake was magnitude 9.2 (100 times more energy)

44 Other Measures of Earthquake Size
Two other magnitude scales: Body wave scale (mb): Uses amplitudes of P waves with 1 to 10-second periods Surface wave scale (ms): Uses Rayleigh waves with 18 to 22-second periods All magnitude scales are not equivalent Larger earthquakes radiate more energy at longer periods not measured by Richter scale or body wave scale Richter scale and body wave scale significantly underestimate magnitudes of earthquakes far away or large

45 Moment Magnitude Scale
Seismic moment (Mo) Measures amount of strain energy released by movement along whole rupture surface; more accurate for big earthquakes Calculated using rocks’ shear strength times rupture area of fault times displacement (slip) on the fault Moment magnitude scale uses seismic moment: Mw = 2/3 log10 (Mo) – 6 Scale developed by Hiroo Kanamori


47 Foreshocks, Main Shock and Aftershocks
Large earthquakes are not just single events but part of series of earthquakes over years Largest event in series is mainshock Smaller events preceding mainshock are foreshocks Smaller events following mainshock are aftershocks Large event may be considered mainshock, then followed by even larger earthquake, so then re-classified as foreshock

48 Magnitude, Fault-Rupture Length and Seismic-Wave Frequencies
Fault-rupture length greatly influences magnitude: 100 m long fault rupture  magnitude 4 earthquake 1 km long fault rupture  magnitude 5 earthquake 10 km long fault rupture  magnitude 6 earthquake 100 km long fault rupture  magnitude 7 earthquake

49 Magnitude, Fault-Rupture Length and Seismic-Wave Frequencies
Fault-rupture length and duration influence seismic wave frequency: Short rupture, duration  high frequency seismic waves Long rupture, duration  low frequency seismic waves Seismic wave frequency influences damage: High frequency waves cause much damage at epicenter but die out quickly with distance from epicenter Low frequency waves travel great distance from epicenter so do most damage farther away

50 Ground Motion During Earthquakes
Buildings are designed to handle vertical forces (weight of building and contents) so that vertical shaking in earthquakes is typically safe Horizontal shaking during earthquakes can do massive damage to buildings Acceleration Measure in terms of acceleration due to gravity (g = 9.8 m/s2) Weak buildings suffer damage from horizontal accelerations of more than 0.1 g In some locations, horizontal acceleration can be as much as 1.8 g (Tarzana Hills in 1994 Northridge, California earthquake)


52 Periods of Buildings and Responses of Foundations
Just as waves have natural frequencies and periods, so do buildings Periods of swaying are about 0.1 second per story 1-story house shakes at about 0.1 second per cycle 30-story building sways at about 3 seconds per cycle Building materials affect building periods Flexible materials (wood, steel)  longer period of shaking Stiff materials (brick, concrete)  shorter period of shaking

53 Periods of Buildings and Responses of Foundations
Velocity of seismic wave depends on material it is moving through Faster through hard rocks Slower through soft rocks When waves pass from harder to softer rocks, they slow down Must therefore increase their amplitude in order to carry same amount of energy  greater shaking Shaking tends to be stronger at sites with softer ground foundations (basins, valleys, reclaimed wetlands, etc.)

54 Periods of Buildings and Responses of Foundations
If the period of the wave matches the period of the building, shaking is amplified and resonance results Common cause of catastrophic failure of buildings

55 Earthquake Intensity – What We Feel During an Earthquake
Mercalli intensity scale was developed to quantify what people feel during an earthquake Used for earthquakes before instrumentation or current earthquakes in areas without instrumentation Assesses effects on people and buildings Maps of Mercalli intensities can be generated quickly after an earthquake using people’s input to the webpage

56 Earthquake Intensity – What We Feel During an Earthquake

57 What To Do Before and During an Earthquake
Before an earthquake: Inside and outside your home, visualize what might fall during strong shaking, and anchor those objects by nailing, bracing, tying, etc. Inside and outside your home, locate safe spots with protection – under heavy table, strong desk, bed, etc. During an earthquake: Duck, cover and hold Stay calm If inside, stay inside If outside, stay outside

58 Mercalli Scale Variables
Mercalli intensity depends on: Earthquake magnitude Bigger earthquake, more likely death and damage Distance from hypocenter Usually (but not always), closer earthquake  more damage Type of rock or sediment making up ground surface Hard rock foundations vibrate from nearby earthquake body waves Soft sediments amplified by distant earthquake surface waves Steep slopes can generate landslides when shaken

59 Mercalli Scale Variables

60 Mercalli Scale Variables
Mercalli intensity depends on: Building style Body waves near the epicenter will be amplified by rigid or short buildings Low-frequency surface waves are amplified by tall buildings, especially if on soft foundations Duration of shaking Longer shaking lasts, more buildings can be damaged

61 Design of Buildings in Earthquake-Prone Areas
Eliminate resonance: Change height of building Move weight to lower floors Change shape of building Change building materials Change attachment of building to foundation Hard foundation (high-frequency vibrations)  build tall, flexible building Soft foundation (low-frequency vibrations)  build short, stiff building

62 Design of Buildings in Earthquake-Prone Areas
Floors, Roofs and Trusses Give horizontal resistance by transferring force to vertical resistance elements Shear Walls Designed to receive horizontal forces from floors, roofs and trusses and transmit to ground Lack of shear walls typically cause structures like parking garages to fail in earthquakes

63 Design of Buildings in Earthquake-Prone Areas
Bracing Bracing with ductile materials offers resistance Moment-resisting frames Devices on ground or within structure to absorb part of earthquake energy Use wheels, ball bearings, shock absorbers, ‘rubber doughnuts’, etc. to isolate building from worst shaking

64 A Case History of Mercalli Variables: The San Fernando Valley, California, Earthquake of 1971
Earthquake magnitude M 6.6, with 35 aftershocks of magnitude 4.0 or higher Distance from epicenter Bull’s-eye damage pattern Foundation materials Not a major factor Building style ‘Soft’ first-story buildings were major problem Hollow-core bricks at V.A. Hospital caused collapse Collapse of freeway bridges

65 Fig. 4.32

66 A Case History of Mercalli Variables: The San Fernando Valley, California, Earthquake of 1971
Duration of shaking Lasted 12 seconds (at that magnitude, can last from 10 to 30 seconds), relatively short time Lower Van Norman Reservoir 11,000 acre-feet of water behind earthen dam, above homes of 80,000 When shaking stopped, only four feet (of original 30) of dam was still standing above water level Another few seconds of shaking might have caused catastrophic flood

67 Fig. 4.29

68 Fig. 4.30

69 Fig. 4.33a

70 Fig. 4.33b

71 Fig. 4.34

72 Problem Set 1, Journals, Term Paper
Problem set 1 and term paper format will be available on WebCT by tomorrow morning. Problem set 1 will now be due on Sept 20, rather than Sept 15. Submit a topic for approval for term paper by Sept 22, if you have not already done so Journals - to reiterate - track 1 event (EQ or V) per week for four weeks and submit a journal on what you find. Length and format is up to you, but all work (other than figures) should be original and all sources cited

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