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Lg wave attenuation in Britain

Sargeant, Susanne; Ottemoller, Lars. 2009 Lg wave attenuation in Britain. Geophysical Journal International, 179 (3). 1593-1606. 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04325.x

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Abstract/Summary

The Lg wave quality factor (QLg) in Britain has been modelled using data from the UK Seismic Network, operated by the British Geological Survey. The data set consists of 631 vertical, mostly short-period recordings of Lg waves from 64 earthquakes (2.7–4.7 ML) and 93 stations. We have inverted for both regional average QLg and tomographic images of QLg , and simultaneously a source term for each event and a site term for each station for 22 frequencies in the band 0.9–10.0 Hz. The regional average model is 266f0.53 between 1.0 and 10.0 Hz and indicates that attenuation in Britain is slightly higher than in France, and significantly higher than in eastern North America and Scandinavia. Tomographic inversions at each frequency indicate that QLg varies spatially. Broadly speaking, southeastern England, the Lake District and parts of the East Irish Sea Basin, and a small region between the Highland Boundary Fault and the Southern Uplands Fault are characterized by higher than average attenuation. Southwestern England, eastern central England and northwestern Scotland are regions of relatively low attenuation. To some extent, these regions correlate with what is known about the tectonics and structure of the crust in the UK.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04325.x
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2009 > Earth hazards and systems
ISSN: 0956-540X
Date made live: 28 Jan 2010 09:42
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9168

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