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Magnitude scales for earthquakes in Greece

Magnitude scales for earthquakes in Greece

Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 74(3): 969-985

Empirical relations of the attenuation of the maximum trace amplitudes recorded by the Wood-Anderson horizontal seismometer in the area of Greece are determined. Based on these, a new procedure for calculating accurate local magnitudes for earthquakes in Greece is introduced. Furthermore, the consistency of the currently calculated surface-wave magnitudes by a formula proposed by Papazachos and Vasilicou (1966) is assured, and relations between M (sub L) , m (sub b) , and M (sub s) scales are suggested. The relation between M (sub L) and m (sub b) as well as between M (sub s) and m (sub b) consists of two linear segments intersecting at the points (3.7, 4.3) and (4.3, 4.3), respectively, while the M (sub s) values are by 0.5 higher than M (sub L) .--Modified journal abstract.

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