Journal of Seismology

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 217–221 | Cite as

Key elements of regional seismic velocity models for long period ground motion simulations

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Regional 3-D seismic velocity models used for broadband strong motion simulations must include compressional-wave velocity (Vp), shear-wave velocity (Vs), intrinsic attenuation (Qp, Qs), and density. Vs and Qs are the most important of these parameters because the strongest ground motions are generated chiefly by shear- and surface-wave arrivals. Because Vp data are more common than Vs data, many researchers first develop a Vp model and convert it to a Vs model. I describe recent empirical relations between Vs, Vp, Qs, Qp, and density that allow velocity models to be rapidly and accurately calculated.


Seismic Velocity Attenuation Shear Compressional Density 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.U.S. Geological SurveyMenlo ParkUSA

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