Improved earthquake location in the area of North Euboean gulf after the implementation of a 3D non-linear location method in combination with a 3D velocity model

Ε. Μουζακιώτης, Β. Κ. Καραστάθης


Considerably improved hypocentral locations of the 274 earthquakes, with magnitudes between 1.5 to 4.1 Ml recorded during the period from 2009 to 2010 by the Hellenic Unified Seismographic Network (HUSN), have been obtained for the area of North Euboean Gulf after the implementation of a 3D non-linear location algorithm and a previously calculated local 3D velocity model for both P and S wave phases. To assess the effectiveness of the 3D locations we compared the results with the solutions obtained with alternative 1D velocity models such as the minimum 1D model calculated with the VELEST algorithm and the 1D model used by the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) for daily earthquake analysis. We were further able to assess the location accuracy of each model by comparing the location results for a number of quarry blasts that occurred in the area in that period. The use of the local 3D velocity model provides considerably more accurate than the minimum 1D model which in turn provides more constrained locations from the 1D model of NOA. The epicentral locations calculated by each model are almost similar; however the depth distribution of the events varies, with depth differences of up to 12 km for some earthquakes. The results prove that accurate, local models are necessary in order to achieve more accurate locations for the events in a local area.

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Διεθνές Συνέδριο της Ελληνικής Γεωλογικής Εταιρίας (13ο : 5-8 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013 : Χανιά, Ελλάδα); International Congress of the Geological Society of Greece (13th : 2013 September 5-8 : Chania, Greece); relocation; Euboean gulf seismicity; central Greece; επανακαθορισμός εστιακών συντεταγμένων; σεισμικότητα Ευβοϊκού κόλπου; Κεντρική Ελλάδα

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