Wenchuan Event Detection And Localization Using Waveform Correlation Coupled With Double Difference

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Megan Slinkard1, Stephen Heck1, David Paul Schaff2, Christopher J Young1 and Paul G Richards2, (1)Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, United States, (2)Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, United States
The well-studied Wenchuan aftershock sequence triggered by the May 12, 2008, Ms 8.0, mainshock offers an ideal test case for evaluating the effectiveness of using waveform correlation coupled with double difference relocation to detect and locate events in a large aftershock sequence. We use Sandia’s SeisCorr detector to process 3 months of data recorded by permanent IRIS and temporary ASCENT stations using templates from events listed in a global catalog to find similar events in the raw data stream. Then we take the detections and relocate them using the double difference method. We explore both the performance that can be expected with using just a small number of stations, and, the benefits of reprocessing a well-studied sequence such as this one using waveform correlation to find even more events. We benchmark our results against previously published results describing relocations of regional catalog data. Before starting this project, we had examples where with just a few stations at far-regional distances, waveform correlation combined with double difference did and impressive job of detection and location events with precision at the few hundred and even tens of meters level.