Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/4795
AuthorsFesta, G* 
Zollo, A.* 
Lancieri, M.* 
TitleEarthquake magnitude estimation from early radiated energy
Issue Date27-Nov-2008
Series/Report no./35(2008)
DOI10.1029/2008GL035576
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/2122/4795
KeywordsEarly Warning
Rupture initiation
Seimic Source
Magnitude estimation
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.01. Earthquake faults: properties and evolution 
AbstractFrom inspection of a large set of Japanese events, we investigate the scaling of the early radiated energy, inferred from the squared velocity integral (IV2) with the final magnitude of the event. We found that the energy can only discriminate whether the event has a magnitude larger or smaller than 5.8, and in the latter case it can allow for realtime magnitude estimation. However, by normalizing IV2 for the rupture area, the initial slip scales with the magnitude between 4 < M < 7 following the expected scaling laws. We show that the ratio between the squared peak displacement and IV2 is a proxy for the slip following the same scaling but it can be directly derived from the data, without any assumption on the rupture area. The scaling relationship between initial slip and magnitude can be used for early warning applications, when integrated in a probabilistic, evolutionary approach. Citation: Festa, G., A. Zollo, and M. Lancieri (2008), Earthquake magnitude estimation from early radiated energy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L22307, doi:10.1029/ 2008GL035576.
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