19–23 Jun 2023
Hofburg Palace & Online
Europe/Vienna timezone

Relocation of the Central Asia Comprehensive Seismic Bulletin

21 Jun 2023, 10:00


Board: 2
E-poster T2.5 Historical Data from Nuclear Test Monitoring Lightning talks: P2.5, P4.1, P4.2, P4.3


Istvan Bondar (Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (ELKH))


The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Michigan State University, and NDCs in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) digitized seismic bulletins of analog stations between 1951 and 1992. The metadata of all seismic stations of that period were also collected. The national network bulletin data were then combined with the International Seismological Centre bulletin to form the comprehensive bulletin for Central Asia between 1951 and 2017. The bulletin consists of ~400,000 events and will serve the basis of the new probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for the region.
We present the relocation results of the comprehensive Central Asia bulletin. We selected events with less than 355° secondary azimuthal gap, and using the MSU High Performance Computing facilities, we relocated ~250,000 events with iLoc, a single event location algorithm using regional seismic travel time predictions to improve locations. We developed a hierarchical review strategy to perform a thorough manual review with strict quality control. We show that each stage of the manual review brings incremental improvements. We also identified new Ground Truth and anthropogenic events in the region.
The results show significant improvements in the view of seismicity, providing reliable input for the PSHA and allowing for a more accurate determination of active seismic zone boundaries.

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Primary author

Istvan Bondar (Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (ELKH))


Kevin Mackey (Michigan State University (MSU)) Ms Anna Berezina (Institute of Seismology, National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic) Natalya Mikhailova (National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan) Ms Rengin Gok (U. S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration) Andrea Chiang (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL))

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