A reconnaissance assessment of probabilistic earthquake accelerations at the Nevada Test Site

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We have made two interim assessments of the probabilistic ground-motion hazard for the potential nuclear-waste disposal facility at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The first assessment used historical seismicity and generalized source zones and source faults in the immediate vicinity of the facility. This model produced relatively high probabilistic ground motions, comparable to the higher of two earlier estimates, which was obtained by averaging seismicity in a 400-km-radius circle around the site. The high ground-motion values appear to be caused in part by nuclear-explosion aftershocks remaining in the catalog even after the explosions themselves have been removed. The second assessment ... continued below

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Perkins, D.M.; Thenhaus, P.C.; Hanson, S.L. & Algermissen, S.T. January 1, 1986.

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We have made two interim assessments of the probabilistic ground-motion hazard for the potential nuclear-waste disposal facility at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The first assessment used historical seismicity and generalized source zones and source faults in the immediate vicinity of the facility. This model produced relatively high probabilistic ground motions, comparable to the higher of two earlier estimates, which was obtained by averaging seismicity in a 400-km-radius circle around the site. The high ground-motion values appear to be caused in part by nuclear-explosion aftershocks remaining in the catalog even after the explosions themselves have been removed. The second assessment used particularized source zones and source faults in a region substantially larger than NTS to provide a broad context of probabilistic ground motion estimates at other locations of the study region. Source faults are mapped or inferred faults having lengths of 5 km or more. Source zones are defined by boundaries separating fault groups on the basis of direction and density. For this assessment, earthquake recurrence has been estimated primarily from historic seismicity prior to nuclear testing. Long-term recurrence for large-magnitude events is constrained by geological estimates of recurrence in a regime in which the large-magnitude earthquakes would occur with predominately normal mechanisms. 4 refs., 10 figs.

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  • Other: DE88002166
  • Report No.: USGS-OFR--87-199
  • Grant Number: AI08-78ET44802
  • DOI: 10.2172/60407 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 60407
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc694214

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Perkins, D.M.; Thenhaus, P.C.; Hanson, S.L. & Algermissen, S.T. A reconnaissance assessment of probabilistic earthquake accelerations at the Nevada Test Site, report, January 1, 1986; Denver, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc694214/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.