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Low-frequency and trend compensation of broadband seismograms
© The Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS); The Seismological Society of Japan; The Volcanological Society of Japan; The Geodetic Society of Japan; The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences; TERRAPUB. 2012
- Received: 11 July 2011
- Accepted: 15 February 2012
- Published: 16 April 2012
The present paper proposes a technique for low-frequency and trend compensation of broadband seismograms, which involves frequency-band broadening using digital filtering and background-trend compensation based on a Heaviside-type tilt signal estimated using a stochastic trend model. Applying this method to the east-west component of broadband seismograms, recorded using VSE355G3 broadband seismometers at the KSN site of F-net for the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake (Mw 9.0), allowed a sharpened velocity waveform to be obtained and the static displacement associated with the earthquake to be determined.
- Broadband seismograms
- strong motion
- band broadening
- digital compensation filter
- background trend
Since broadband seismograms are useful in earthquake source studies, many broadband networks, such as F-net (http://www.fnet.bosai.go.jp/) in Japan, are operated throughout the world. The recent development of the Internet enables published data to be analyzed soon after the occurrence of large earthquakes such as the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake (hereafter, referred to as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake). The standard frequency band of broadband seismometers is from 0.01 (or 0.003) to approximately 100 Hz. Thus, we have to compensate for the low-frequency components in order to fully understand the seismic behavior associated with such large earthquakes. In addition, the background trend caused by tilt motion must be removed in order to analyze the low-frequency components of broadband seismograms.
GEONET, the Global Positioning System (GPS) established by the Geographical Survey Institute (GSI), recorded land deformation up to approximately 5 meters on the Pacific coast of eastern Honshu (http://terras.gsi.go.jp/ja/index.html) following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake: an east-southeast deformation of 5.3 meters and a downward deformation of 1.2 meters were measured at the Ojika GPS site. Such a permanent coseismic displacement, i.e., a near-field static displacement, and its spatial distribution can lead to a tilt step in near-field acceleration signals as shown by Pillet and Virieux (2007). An estimation of static coseismic displacements using strong-motion accelerograms, was conducted by Boore (2001) and Wu and Wu (2007) for the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan Earthquake, and Javelaud et al. (2011) for the 2007 Niigata-ken Chuetsu-Oki Earthquake. Kinoshita and Takagishi (2011) also demonstrated the generation and propagation of static displacement during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, using KiK-net borehole recordings (http://www.kik.bosai.go.jp/), and showed that the resulting static displacements were in good agreement with land deformations determined from GPS data. The KiK-net borehole recordings were measured using negative feedback accelerometers with a frequency band of 0 to approximately 30 Hz, so estimation of the static displacement is possible without any frequency compensation.
Although broadband seismometers have no sensitivity at zero frequency, estimation of the static displacement may be possible by compensating for the low-frequency components. Of course, the estimated static displacement is co-seismic behavior in the analyzed data window. To verify that such an estimation is possible using broadband seismograms, this paper proposes a technique for implementing low-frequency and trend compensation of broadband seismograms.
Low-frequency and trend compensation of broadband seismograms is implemented using a digital filter based on the inverse characteristics of the broadband seismometer and by removing an estimated Heaviside-type tilt signal. This method was applied to the east-west component of broadband seismograms recorded using VSE355G3 broadband seismometers at the KSN site of F-net, during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake (Mw9.0). A sharpened velocity waveform could be obtained by broadening the frequency band of the original seismogram and the static displacement could be determined by removing the tilt signal from the frequency-compensated seismogram. In addition to tilt motion generated by earthquake faulting, trend signals in broadband seismograms are sometimes the result of local site effects (Kinoshita, 2008; Kinoshita et al., 2009) or non-ideal responses of the seismometers. Broadband seismometers may record effects that resemble a tilt of the pier supporting the mass-spring system, but are actually due to internal temperature changes in the instrument. Nonlinearities in the electrical response of the instrumentation and in the mechanical response of the boom suspension resilience during strong motion may also give rise to signals at frequencies of less than 0.01 Hz. However, such extraneous signals are beyond the scope of the present study.
The author is grateful to Franz Egli, Streckeisen GmbH, and an anonymous reviewer for carefully reviewing the manuscript. The author thanks the NIED for providing the F-net broadband data.
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