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Authors: Saccorotti, G.*
Di Lieto, B.*
Tronca, F.*
Fischione, C.*
Scarpa, R.*
Muscente, R.*
Title: Performances of the UNDERground SEISmic array for the analysis of seismicity in Central Italy
Issue Date: Aug-2006
Series/Report no.: 49 - 4/5
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/2123
Keywords: seismic array
microearthquakes
Central Apennines
Abstract: This paper presents the first results from the operation of a dense seismic array deployed in the underground Physics Laboratories at Gran Sasso (Central Italy). The array consists of 13 short-period, three-component seismometers with an aperture of about 550 m and average sensor spacing of 90 m. The reduced sensor spacing, joined to the spatially-white character of the background noise allows for quick and reliable detection of coherent wavefront arrivals even under very poor SNR conditions. We apply high-resolution frequency-slowness and polarization analyses to a set of 27 earthquakes recorded between November, 2002, and September, 2003, at epicentral distances spanning the 20-140 km interval. We locate these events using inversion of P- and S-wave backazimuths and S-P delay times, and compare the results with data from the Centralized National Seismic Network catalog. For the case of S-wave, the discrepancies among the two set of locations never exceed 10 km; the largest errors are instead observed for the case of P-waves. This observation may be due to the fact that the small array aperture does not allow for robust assessment of waves propagating at high apparent velocities. This information is discussed with special reference to the directions of future studies aimed at elucidating the location of seismogenetic structures in Central Italy from extended analysis of the micro-seismicity.
Appears in Collections:04.06.10. Instruments and techniques
Annals of Geophysics

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