Journal of Seismology

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 987–999 | Cite as

Source parameters for the 2013–2015 earthquake sequence in Nógrád county, Hungary

  • Zoltán Wéber


Between 2013 June and 2015 January, 35 earthquakes with local magnitude M L ranging from 1.1 to 4.2 occurred in Nógrád county, Hungary. This earthquake sequence represents above average seismic activity in the region and is the first one that was recorded by a significant number of three-component digital seismographs in the county. Using a Bayesian multiple-event location algorithm, we have estimated the hypocenters of 30 earthquakes with M L ≥1.5. The events occurred in two small regions of a few squared kilometers: one to the east of Érsekvadkert and the other at Iliny. The uncertainty of the epicenters is about 1.5–1.7 km in the E-W direction and 1.8–2.1 km in the N-S direction at the 95 % confidence level. The estimated event depths are confined to the upper 3 km of the crust. We have successfully estimated the full moment tensors of 4 M w ≥3.6 earthquakes using a probabilistic waveform inversion procedure. The non-double-couple components of the retrieved moment tensor solutions are statistically insignificant. The negligible amount of the isotropic component implies the tectonic nature of the investigated events. All of the analyzed earthquakes have strike-slip mechanism with either right-lateral slip on an approximately N-S striking or left-lateral movement on a roughly E-W striking nodal plane. The orientations of the obtained focal mechanisms are in good agreement with the main stress pattern published for the epicentral region. Both the P and T principal axes are horizontal, and the P axis is oriented along a NE-SW direction.


Earthquake location Earthquake focal mechanism Earthquake moment tensor Bayesian inversion Waveform inversion Tectonic stress 



The author would like to thank the different organizations that operate seismological networks in the neighboring countries of Hungary for making their high quality data available. Figures were prepared using the Generic Mapping Tools software (Wessel and Smith 1998).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kövesligethy Radó Seismological Observatory, MTA CSFK GGIBudapestHungary

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