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  • Main Title Ground motion from earthquakes and underground nuclear weapons tests: a comparison as it relates to siting a nuclear waste storage facility at NTS


  • Author: Vortman, L.J.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Name: Sandia National Laboratories
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Additional Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)


  • Creation: 1982-01-01


  • English


  • Content Description: Ground motion generated by a magnitude 4.3 earthquake at Massachusetts Mountain on the Nevada Test Site was measured at the control point and compared with ground motion generated at about the same distance by four underground nuclear weapons tests. The depth of the earthquake was between 4 and 4.6 km. The resulting signal at the distance considered was almost entirely body-wave components and had little or no contribution from the surface wave. The motion from the relatively shallower weapons tests had a signal with a pronounced surface-wave component. Comparison of the Pseudo Relative Response Velocity (PSRV) plots shows the earthquake signal richer in high frequencies and the weapons-test signals richer in low frequencies. If relationship between ground motion from the two sources can be confirmed for other earthquakes, weapons test ground motion could be used to estimate earthquake ground motion for magnitudes for which probability of occurrence in a given montoring period would be very small.
  • Physical Description: 37 p.


  • Keyword: Nuclear Explosions
  • Keyword: Radioactive Waste Storage
  • Keyword: Radioactive Waste Facilities
  • Keyword: Underground Explosions
  • Keyword: Ground Motion
  • Keyword: Seismic Surface Waves
  • Keyword: Site Selection
  • Keyword: Frequency Range
  • STI Subject Categories: 05 Nuclear Fuels
  • Keyword: Nevada Test Site
  • STI Subject Categories: 58 Geosciences
  • Keyword: Seismic P Waves
  • Keyword: Earthquakes
  • Keyword: Comparative Evaluations
  • Keyword: Yucca Mountain Project


  • Other Information: DN: Portions of document are illegible. MN only


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE82011784
  • Report No.: SAND--81-2214
  • Grant Number: AC04-76DP00789
  • DOI: 10.2172/59451
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 59451
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc691000


  • Display Note: NTIS MF A01; OSTI as DE82011784