Identification criteria for sources of T waves recorded in French polynesia

J. Talandier, E. A. Okal*

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From a data set of 150 digital records of T phases from 71 sources obtained on seismometers of the Polynesian Seismic Network, we define a discriminant separating earthquake and explosion sources, which uses the maximum amplitude of recorded ground velocity, measured on its envelope, eMax (in μm/s), and the duration of the phase measured at 1/3 of maximum amplitude, τ1/3 (in seconds). Earthquake sources and man-made explosions are effectively separated in a log-log space by the straight line log 10 eMax = 4.9 log 10 τ 1/3-4.1 Other criteria in both the time and frequency domains fail to reliably separate the populations of the various kinds of events. The application of this technique to analog records of large-scale man-made explosions carried out in the 1960s confirms that it provides an adequate discriminant over 3.5 orders of magnitude of ground velocity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-603
Number of pages37
JournalPure and Applied Geophysics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Hydroacoustics
  • Seismic discrimination
  • T phases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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