Q and site amplification factors of hard-rock region in the Kitakami Massif, northeastern Japan

Akiko Hasemi, Toru Matsuzawa, Akira Hasegawa, Norihito Umino, Toshio Kono, Syuichiro Hori, Akihiko Ito, Sadaomi Suzuki, Haruyoshi Ishikawa

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Abstract

We observed three explosions along a 60km profile in the central part of the Kitakami massif, northeastern Honshu, Japan. Explosion sites and most of the observation sites were located on hard-rock outcrops. Using P-wave first arrivals, the average QP along ray paths and site amplification factors were determined for the frequency range between 6 and 30 HZ based on the amplitude spectra decay with distance. QP increased proportional to fn(n=0.9). The difference in amplification factors among hard-rock sites was as much as a factor of five for frequencies lower than 12 Hz and became large at higher frequencies. Qs and S-wave site amplification factors were obtained only for 5 and 7.5 Hz. Qs was slightly larger than Qp, but the difference was not significant. S-wave site amplification factors were more variable than those of P-wave among the stations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-431
Number of pages15
Journaljournal of physics of the earth
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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