Acta Seismologica Sinica

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 435–446 | Cite as

Quantification relations between the sourc eparameters

  • Peishan Chen
  • Tongxia Bai


The various useful source-parameter relations between seismic moment and common use magnitude lg(M 0) andM s,M L,m b; between magnitudesMs andM L,M s andm b,M L andm b; and between magnitudeM s and lg(L) (fault length), lg (W) (fault width), lg(S) (fault area), lg(D) (average dislocation);M L and lg(f c) (corner frequency) have been derived from the scaling law which is based on an “average” two-dimensional faulting model of a rectangular fault. A set of source-parameters can be estimated from only one magnitude by using these relations. The average rupture velocity of the faultV r=2.65 km/s, the total time of ruptureT(s)=0.35L (km) and the average dislocation slip rateD=11.4 m/s are also obtained.

There are four strong points to measure earthquake size with the seismic moment magnitudeM w.
  1. (1)

    The seismic moment magnitude shows the strain and rupture size. It is the best scale for the measurement of earthquake size.

  2. (2)

    It is a quantity of absolute mechanics, and has clear physical meaning. Any size of earthquake can be measured. There is no saturation. It can be used to quantify both shallow and deep earthquakes on the basis of the waves radiated.

  3. (3)

    It can link up the previous magnitude scales.

  4. (4)

    It is a uniform scale of measurement of earthquake size. It is suitable for statistics covering a broad range of magnitudes. So the seismic moment magnitude is a promising magnitude and worth popularization.


Key words

scaling law converting relation of magnitude source parameter moment magnitude 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peishan Chen
    • 1
  • Tongxia Bai
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GeophysicsState Seismological BureauBeijingChina

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