Source parameters for the 2013–2015 earthquake sequence in Nógrád county, Hungary

Wéber, Zoltán (2016) Source parameters for the 2013–2015 earthquake sequence in Nógrád county, Hungary. JOURNAL OF SEISMOLOGY, 20 (3). pp. 987-999. ISSN 1383-4649


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Between 2013 June and 2015 January, 35 earthquakes with local magnitude ML ranging from 1.1 to 4.2 occurred in Nógrád county, Hungary. This earthquake sequence represents above average seismic activity in the region and is the first one that was recorded by a significant number of three-component digital seismographs in the county. Using a Bayesian multiple-event location algorithm, we have estimated the hypocenters of 30 earthquakes with ML≥1.5. The events occurred in two small regions of a few squared kilometers: one to the east of Érsekvadkert and the other at Iliny. The uncertainty of the epicenters is about 1.5–1.7 km in the E-W direction and 1.8–2.1 km in the N-S direction at the 95 % confidence level. The estimated event depths are confined to the upper 3 km of the crust. We have successfully estimated the full moment tensors of 4 Mw≥3.6 earthquakes using a probabilistic waveform inversion procedure. The non-double-couple components of the retrieved moment tensor solutions are statistically insignificant. The negligible amount of the isotropic component implies the tectonic nature of the investigated events. All of the analyzed earthquakes have strike-slip mechanism with either right-lateral slip on an approximately N-S striking or left-lateral movement on a roughly E-W striking nodal plane. The orientations of the obtained focal mechanisms are in good agreement with the main stress pattern published for the epicentral region. Both the P and T principal axes are horizontal, and the P axis is oriented along a NE-SW direction. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Waveform inversion; tectonic stress; Earthquake moment tensor; EARTHQUAKE LOCATION; Earthquake focal mechanism; Bayesian inversion
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2016 13:20
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 23:15

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