Marine Geophysical Researches

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 39–47 | Cite as

Attenuation of seismic waves in the Jan Mayen island area

  • J. Havskov
  • L. B. Kvamme
  • H. Bungum


An analysis of the attenuation of seismic waves as measured by the quality factorQc (for coda waves) has been performed for the volcanic Jan Mayen island in the Norwegian Sea, using earthquakes near the Jan Mayen Fracture Zone and local seismic stations on the Jan Mayen island.Qc values of the order of 100 at a frequency of 1 Hz are found, increasing to about 300 at 10 Hz. These values are typical of what usually is observed in tectonically influenced areas near oceanic/continental plate boundaries. It is considered likely that these results are influenced by the fact that the Jan Mayen island, in spite of its proximity to a fracture zone, is located in the northern end of the Jan Mayen Ridge, which now is accepted as being a micro-continent. The presence of the active Beerenberg volcano on the Jan Mayen island does give rise to a somewhat stronger attenuation for waves traversing that area, but this effect is weak and quite limited in spatial extent. There is also a slight increase in attenuation as a function of depth, but less than what is observed in terms of lateral variations. This is reasonable in view of the very strong lateral variations in lithospheric structure exhibited in this area.


Attenuation Lateral Variation Fracture Zone Spatial Extent Seismic Station 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Havskov
    • 1
  • L. B. Kvamme
    • 1
  • H. Bungum
    • 1
  1. 1.Seismological ObservatoryBergen Norway

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