Acta Seismologica Sinica

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 441–446 | Cite as

Expected magnitude and distance of potential source area and the estimating method

  • Meng-Tan Gao


Magnitude and distance of major potential source are needed in order to determine duration time of artificial ground motion and to determine the type of response spectrum (near field or far field) when using the seismic intensity zonation map. The magnitude probabilistic distribution function of seismic belt and the magnitude and space joint distribution function for given intensity of the site in a potential source are provided. Then the basic formula of calculating expected magnitude and expected distance are developed. Several examples for calculating expected magnitude and expected distance in northern China are discussed. These results show that expected magnitude and expected distance are related not only to geometry of potential source and magnitude but also to the intensity of the site with certain exceeding probability.

Key words

seismic potential source area seismic belt magnitude distribution function expected magnitude expected distance 


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© Acta Seismologica Sinica 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Meng-Tan Gao
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  1. 1.Institute of GeophysicsState Seismological BureauBeijingChina

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