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Automatic near real-time characterisation of large earthquakes

We use seismic array methods (semblance analysis) to image areas of seismic energy release in the Sunda Arc region and world-wide. Broadband seismograms at teleseismic distances (30° ≤ Δ ≤ 100°) are compared at several subarrays. Semblance maps of different subarrays are multiplied. High semblance tracked over long time (10s of second to minutes) and long distances indicate locations of earthquakes. The method allows resolution of rupture characteristics important for tsunami early warning:
start and duration,
velocity and direction,
length and area.
The method has been successfully applied to recent and historic events (M>6.5) and is now operational in real time. Results are obtained shortly after source time, see
Comparison of manual and automatic processing are in good agreement.
Computational effort is small. Automatic results may be obtained within 15 - 20 minutes after event occurrence.
Date January 2008
CreatorsRößler, Dirk, Krüger, Frank, Ohrnberger, Matthias
PublisherUniversität Potsdam, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät. Institut für Geowissenschaften
Source SetsPotsdam University
Detected LanguageEnglish

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