Characterization of Source Parameters and Some Empirical Relations between Them for Kachchh Region, Gujarat, India: Implication of January 26, 2001 Bhuj Earthquake and Its Aftershock Sequence ()

Parul C. Trivedi^{1*}, Imtiyaz A. Parvez^{2}

^{1}India Meteorological Department, Ahmedabad, India.

^{2}CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute (Formerly C-MMACS), Bangalore, India.

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Study of source parameters of small to
moderate and large earthquakes is important to understand the differences and
similarities between dynamic ruptures of different earthquakes and clarifying
the scaling relations. In the present study, we have characterized source
parameters and presented new and revised empirical relationships between
various source parameters for Kachchh region of Gujarat, India to facilitate to
draw first-order conclusions regarding the trends in the region. We have
studied total 202 aftershocks of shallow-focus (hypo central depth less than 40
km) and moderate magnitude recorded over the Kachchh region during January 2001
to December 2012 by different seismological observatories of India
Meteorological Department. We have adopted the spectral technique for source
parameter estimation, where S-wave displacement spectra are considered and
applied Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) to compute displacement spectra. We have
followed the Brune’s source model for our estimation and the estimated values
of source parameters show close approximation to the global values. While derived
empirical relations between different source parameters, they demonstrate
direct or inverse proportion to linear or power scale. Interrelation between
seismic moment, rupture parameters, corner frequency and radiated seismic
energy can be summarized as , , and *E _{R} *μ

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Trivedi, P. C. and Parvez, I. A. (2015) Characterization of Source Parameters and Some Empirical Relations between Them for Kachchh Region, Gujarat, India: Implication of January 26, 2001 Bhuj Earthquake and Its Aftershock Sequence. *International Journal of Geosciences*, **6**, 1127-1139. doi: 10.4236/ijg.2015.610088.

1. Introduction

Hazard analysis involved with seismic activity is based on the estimation of the future earthquake potential in a given region. The future earthquake potential of a fault is evaluated from estimates of fault rupture parameters which are directly related to earthquake magnitude. Source parameters of small to moderate and large earthquakes are important for understanding the differences and similarities between dynamic ruptures of small and large earthquakes and clarifying the scaling relations. However, it is often difficult to accurately determine source parameters of small earthquakes because relatively high-frequency seismic waves excited by small earthquakes are easily scattered and attenuated along the path. Many researchers have published their studies on source parameters for different regions of the world [1] -[4] . The purpose of this study is to characterize the source parameters and to present new and revised empirical relationships between various source parameters for Kachchh region of Gujarat province of India. In this study, the source parameters discussed most often are seismic moment M_{0}, moment magnitude M_{w}, stress drop Δσ, corner frequency f_{c }and rupture area A. We have interrelated some of these parameters on the basis of assumptions of similarity and scaling and spectral source theories.

2. Data and Methodology

2.1. Data

For the present study, we have used total 202 aftershocks of magnitude M_{w} ≥ 4.0 (except some events of 3.5 < M_{w} < 4.0) for the aftershock sequence of January 26, 2001 Bhuj earthquake. The data include shallow-focus (hypo central depth less than 40 km), continental intraplate earthquakes from January 26, 2001 to December 31, 2012 recorded by different seismological observatories of India Meteorological Department (IMD). The epicentral locations of all earthquakes under the study are shown in Figure 1. For each earthquake in the data used, we have estimated earthquake source parameters including seismic moment, moment magnitude, rupture radius and rupture area, stress drop and radiated seismic energy which describe the source dynamics in the best possible way. Data are categorized the type of measurement and the most accurate value is selected for further analysis. To develop empirical relations among various source parameters for Kachchh region, from the larger database, some of the aftershocks data are evaluated but excluded from further study because of poor-quality of data.

2.2. Method

There are two approaches to describe source parameters. The simplified approach describes the seismic source by limited number of parameters such as the origin time and location, initial rupture, magnitude, intensity or acceleration of measured ground shaking and sometimes fault plane solution. These are easily obtainable parameters and provide quick information to the public and concern authorities. Nevertheless, they are fundamental for different research, they are not sufficient to describe the true nature and geometry or the energy release by the source. The second approach deals with the detailed analysis of a given event i.e., analyzing near and far-field waveforms and spectra of seismic waves. It provides important information on energy distribution at the source of the seismic event in the frequency domain. We have adopted the second approach i.e. the spectral technique for source parameter estimation and followed the Brune’s [5] source model for our estimation, where S-wave displacement spectra are considered. The spectral analysis for local and regional events is performed in single

Figure 1. Epicentral locations of seismic events (M_{w} ≥ 3.5) for the present study.

trace mode from the three-component seismogram. An example of the three-component seismogram recorded at station Bhuj for moderate earthquake of magnitude M_{w} ~ 5.5 is shown in Figure 2. The onset of S-wave arrival time was estimated from the displacement spectra recorded at a given station and then they were band pass filtered between 0.1 and 20.0 Hz. From the filtered waveform, a time window of 10 second duration was selected for all the analysis undertaken in this study. We have applied Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) to compute displacement spectrum. The spectral analysis performed here is based on the Brune’s [5] model and assumptions about the geometrical spreading and inelastic attenuation. Out of 202 moderate magnitude aftershocks under this study, displacement spectra for some selected aftershocks recorded by Bhuj seismological observatory are displayed in Figure 3.

2.3. Basic Formulations

Theoretical displacement spectrum d(f) according to Brune [5] can be written as,

(1)

where, M_{0} is the seismic moment (N.m), is defined as radiation pattern function and taken as 0.55 (average value of different fault geometry), f is frequency (Hz), f_{c} is corner frequency (Hz), ρ is density at the source and taken 2700 kg/m^{3}, V_{p,s} is seismic-wave velocity of the corresponding phase and they are 6.2 km/sec for P-wave and 3.6 km/sec for S-wave. In equation (1), the term G (r,h) represents geometrical spreading, for S- wave, it has been considered to depend on distance and depth. For distance r and depth h, geometrical spreading G(r,h) = 1/r (for r < 100 km) and G(r,h) = 1/(100 × r)^{1/2} [6] . In the present study, all earthquakes are of shallow depth i.e. depth less than 40 km, thus we have considered G(r,h) = 1/r throughout this study. According to the Brune’s [5] source model, D(f) is the diminution function due to inelastic attenuation and can be given as follow,

(2)

Figure 2. Three-component seismogram recorded at Bhuj for the event January 28, 2001(M_{w} 5.5).

where, k accounts for kappa, the near-surface high frequency attenuation with the constant kappa having a value of 0.025 for Kachchh region [7] , t is taken as travel time and Q(f) is frequency dependent inelastic attenuation. Furthermore, taking the attenuation factor into account and following the Andrews [8] , the amplitude spectrum in frequency domain is a product of a source and site spectral function and a propagation path term. Thus, the amplitude spectrum of the i^{th} event recorded at j^{th} station at a distance of r and for frequency f can be written as [9] - [11] ,

(3)

where, SO_{i} and SI_{j} are source and site spectral function respectively and P(r_{ij}, f) is the propagation path term which can be expressed as,

(4)

The term G(r_{ij},h) is geometrical spreading and similar to G(r, h) of Equation (1) as discussed earlier and V_{s} is assumed to be 3.6 km/sec based on a velocity model of the Kachchh region [12] [13] . We have considered a known Q(f) relation based on the result of the coda-Q_{c} study of the Kachchh region by Mandal et al. [14] and expressed by Equation (5),

(5)

In the coda Q_{c} study, Mandal et al. [14] have used Aki and Chouet’s [15] technique, where the coda waves were assumed to be composed of the backscattered S-waves. Thus, the Q_{c} estimates obtained using Aki and Chouet’s [15] technique can be considered to be very close to the estimates of Q(f) [16] . Mandal et al. [17] also experimented the effect of Q on the site response estimates considering three available frequency dependent relations, i.e., (from local coda waves by Mandal et al. [14] ), (from regional Lg waves by Singh et al. [18] ) and (obtained by Bodin and Horton, [19] from the study of ground- motion prediction) and found no significant difference in the shape and amplitude of the site response estimates using the aforementioned three Q values.

Figure 3. Displacement spectra for some events recorded at station Bhuj.

In a homogeneous half-space, M_{0} can be determined from the spectra of seismic waves observed at the Earth’s surface by using the relationship given by Brune [5] ,

(6)

where, R is epicentral distance (km) and Ω_{0} is long period amplitude level (m-sec).

From the spectral parameters, other parameters like moment magnitude, source radius, stress drop and radiated seismic energy are derived using Equation (3) to Equation (8) as follows,

Moment magnitude (Hanks and Kanamori, [20] ),

(7)

Rupture radius and area,

and (Ben-Menahem, [21] ) (8)

where, r is rupture radius (km), A is rupture area (sq∙km) and f_{c} is corner frequency (Hz).

Stress drop (Kellis-Borok, [22] ),

(9)

Radiated seismic energy (Richter, [23] ),

(10)

3. Results and Discussion

The results of our analysis are summarized in Table 1 and displayed by graphs from Figures 4-7. Errors associated in estimation of source parameters can be represented by standard deviation and mean values. The mean and standard deviation values in estimation of seismic moment can be given below [24] ,

(a) (b)

Figure 4. Relation between corner frequency and other source parameters.

Table 1. Estimated source parameters for Kachchh region.

Figure 5. Relation between moment magnitude, seismic moment and rupture area.

(a) (b)

Figure 6. Relations between radiated seismic energy and other parameters.

Mean of seismic moment,

(11)

Standard deviation of seismic moment,

(12)

We have followed the same procedure as mentioned above to calculate mean and standard deviation in corner frequency and rupture radius. Stress drop values are highly deviate from the mean hence we have derived percentage error for stress drop which can be defined as,

Figure 7. Distribution of stress drop over Kachchh region.

(13)

Mean values of corner frequency, seismic moment, rupture radius and stress drop are 2.886 Hz, 2.3 × 10^{16} N.m, 0.597 km and 200.8 bar respectively whereas standard deviation in estimation of corner frequency, seismic moment and rupture radius are 1.296 Hz, 0.67 N∙m and 0.361 km respectively. As discussed, we have calculated an average % error in the estimation of stress drop as stress drop values are discrete and they found to be 3%.

In the process, we have further derived empirical relations between the estimated source parameters, which are described individually in following subsequence. The empirical relations between source parameters we have derived in the present study can be grouped in three different categories, i.e., empirical relations for seismic moment, empirical relations for rupture parameters and empirical relations for radiated seismic energy.

3.1. Empirical Relations for Seismic Moment

Seismic moment relations with corner frequency and rupture area are shown in Figure 4(a) and Figure 4(b) respectively. According to Hanks and Kanamori [20] and Hanks et al. [25] , seismic moment is related to rupture area. An average displacement after the rupture can be given as where, µ is rigidity or shear modulus of the medium, is an average final displacement after the rupture and A is the surface area of the rupture. In this equation, the product is inelastic strain. Seismic moment M_{0} can be computed from the source spectra of body and surface waves or it is derived from a moment tensor solution [2] . We have determined M_{0} from the spectra of seismic waves observed at the Earth’s surface by relationship presented in the Equation (6). It can be observed from Figure 4(a) that the seismic moment M_{0 }is decreasing with increasing in corner frequency. From our analysis we have found that. Izutani [26] derived the relation between moment and corner frequency for the 2004, M_{w} 6.7 Niigata, Japan earthquake and found a relation of and Mayeda et al. [27] found for the M_{w} 5.65, 2011 Virginia earthquake. Kanamori and Rivera [28] have proposed that the scaling between moment and corner frequency could take on the form of, where ε represents the deviation from self-similarity and is usually thought to be a small positive number. For example, Walter et al. [29] found ε to be close to 0.5 for the Hector Mine mainshock and its aftershocks using independent spectral methods. Rupture radius and rupture area both represents rupture characteristics. Rupture area is more general parameter and seismic moment and rupture area relation is displayed in Figure 4(b). In our study, seismic moment shows positive power relation to the rupture area. We have found in our study,. This is very similar to average relationship between seismic moment and rupture area suggested by Abe [30] i.e.,. According to Abercrombie [31] the general trend follows the M_{0 }µ A^{3/2} scaling with stress drop ranging from 1 bar to 1000 bar. In addition, result obtained for Kachchh region in this study is closer to the relation given by Purcaru and Berckhemer [3] , i.e. .

3.2. Empirical Relation for Rupture Area

Rupture area to corner frequency relation is shown in Figure 5. According to Figure 5, rupture area inversely proportionate to the square of corner frequency, i.e. source rupture is defined as being related to tectonic rupture during which the fault rupture plane intersects the ground surface. Identifying tectonic rupture for moderate earthquake is very difficult. On the contrary, the spatial pattern of rupture radius and rupture area of early and immediate aftershocks of the main event can provide useful information of the source. Aftershocks that occur within a few hours to a few days of the main shock generally define the maximum extent of co-seismic rupture [2] . The distribution of aftershocks may expand laterally and vertically following the main shock, the initial size of the aftershock zone is considered more representative of the extent of co-seismic rupture than is the distribution of aftershocks that occur after months. We have studied aftershocks immediate after next hour of main shock to the aftershocks up to December 31, 2012. We have observed that in the case of Kachchh region, initial aftershocks are well distributed in the circular pattern of radius of 25 km and later up to 60 km radius from the main shock. We have found rupture radius ranging from 167 m to 2100 m and rupture area from 0.088 sq km to 13.847 sq km for this study.

3.3. Empirical Relations for Radiated Seismic Energy

Figure 6(a) and Figure 6(b) represents radiated seismic energy to seismic moment and moment magnitude relation respectively. Early attempts to quantify the size of earthquakes were based on estimating the intensity of damage in earthquakes. With the advent of broadband seismometers, we can now directly integrate seismic velocity data to determine radiated seismic energy [32] . Additionally, radiated seismic energy is not only a measure of the size of the earthquake but also a macroscopic parameter that can be used to obtain insights into the rupture mechanisms of earthquakes. For the present work, we have found radiated seismic energy ranging from 2.2 × 10^{10} J to 2.0 × 10^{13} J for Kachchh region for the magnitude range from 3.5 < M_{w} < 5.7. It has been observed that each earthquake has unique characteristics even if they are of same category and of same region. The radiated seismic energy is an important parameter that represents the dynamic characteristic of the earthquake mechanics and helps to understand differences between earthquakes. From Figure 6(a) and Figure 6(b), it can be observed that radiated seismic energy follows linear relation to M_{0 }and M_{w}. Choy and Boatwright [33] analyzed 394 shallow-focus earthquakes over the globe and obtained the relation between radiated seismic energy and moment. Whereas in our study, we have found. Again, for the radiated seismic energy and moment magnitude we have estimated, for Kachchh region and it is following Gutenberg-Richter energy [34] relation, i.e., and with Choy and Boatwright [35] ,. These results are close to global values for radiated seismic energy for other intraplate earthquakes. According to Choy and Boatwright [35] , the release of energy could vary systematically as a function of faulting type, lithospheric strength and tectonic region. Additional statistics on the release of energy and spatial and temporal variations in energy release would be more helpful to understand the characteristics of earthquake and to identify seismic potential for the damage in the region.

3.4. Stress Drop Distribution

Stress drop results are listed in the Table 1 and estimated stress drop values ranges from 68.4 bar to 299.8 bar for January 2001 Bhuj aftershock sequence, which are in accordance with global values for intraplate earthquakes. Due to peculiar behavior of stress drop over the region, it is difficult to establish the relation between stress drop and other source parameters; therefore we have presented here its spatial distribution over the Kachchh region in Figure 7. Stress drop changes on the fault are one of the most significant indicators specifying dynamic behavior of earthquake ruptures [5] . The relationship between stress drop, apparent stress and earthquake moment remains a controversial topic due to the difficulty in correcting propagation effects [36] . ~~ ~~

Earthquakes with higher stress drops will have more intense ground motions. Large earthquake populations reveal strong variations in stress drop but little in the way of systematic behavior or dependence on seismic moment [37] . Because static stress drop measurements depend on the corner frequency cubed, the small uncertainties in corner frequency, map into large uncertainties in the stress drop and it is often unclear how much of this variability is due to measurement error rather than variability in source properties [38] [39] . In this study, as stated earlier, we have found no systematic relationship of stress drop with seismic moment and other source parameters; however, we have found several anomalous events with very high stress drops than average values. The energetic events could have high stress drop or high rupture velocity, which suggest that there might be a population of earthquakes that have particularly intense strong ground motion for their size. Stress drop distribution over Kachchh region is less discussed so far and we have observed that high stress drop values (>200 bar) are found away from the fault in the most of cases whereas low and moderate stress drop values (<200 bar) are observed for events at the fault or near the fault. Not a single event located at the fault which exhibits high stress drop value except one at North Wagad fault in this study.

Faultwise stress drop distribution can be described as follow:

Events located near Gora Dungar fault show lower stress drop values compared to other faults of Kachchh region.

Gedi fault having moderate stress drop events.

Western part of widely known North Wagad fault exhibits moderate stress drop values at the same time eastern part exhibits that of higher values. Northwest of South Wagad fault can be characterized by higher stress drop values.

Only few events with high stress drop values are observed at Kachchh Mainland fault (KMF) and that is again at extreme eastern end of KMF. While North of KMF and South of KMF are confined with high stress drop events.

This difference in stress drop from one fault to another can be explained with fault geometry, frictional strength of faults and crustal brittleness. There are several possible reasons for variation in stress drop over the Kachchh region. The inferred high heat flow for Kachchh region can be attributed to the presence of mafic instructive at lower crustal depths in the region [40] , which leads to higher deep crustal temperatures. This cold mafic crust provides enough brittleness to generate large earthquake with high stress drop in the lower crust. Another possibility is that the stress drop varies due to variations of pore fluid pressure [41] .

4. Conclusions

In the present study, the source parameters of crustal earthquake for moderate magnitude occurred in Kachchh seismic zone were estimated using Brune’s theory by estimating corner frequency and the low frequency asymptote from the spectral technique. The estimated source parameters are summarized in Table 1 and are in accordance with the global values of intraplate earthquakes. The empirical relationships between the source parameters are also proposed. On the basis of analysis carried out during our study, we have come to the following conclusions:

Seismic moment and hence the moment magnitude are inversely proportional to corner frequency for Kachchh region and in accordance with Gutenberg-Richter relation [34] .

Seismic moment to rupture area relation from our analysis is identical to the average relation suggested by Abe [30] .

Estimated stress drop values are found to be very scattered. Stress-drop behavior also depends on the tectonic characteristics of the region. Moreover, the properties of the earth’s crust change from one to another location. Thus, stress drop observations cannot extrapolate from high stress drop regions to moderate or low stress drop regions and vice versa even for earthquakes of similar magnitudes. Lower stress drop values estimated for the events are recorded near the fault while higher stress drop values are found for events recorded far away from the fault irrespective of magnitude.

An important outcome of our study is that the full range of magnitude we have considered is having power scale with rupture size. Radiated seismic energy ranges from 10^{10} J to 10^{13} J and exhibits linear relation with M_{0 }and M_{w}.

Sufficient accuracy on measuring source parameters like stress drop, rupture dimensions and radiated seismic energy helps to understand earthquake source processes. It has considerable implications for studies of earthquake rupture physics and seismic hazards for large earthquake. By applying proper conditions and considering uncertainties in locations, we can increase our ability to estimate ground motion from large earthquakes. We conclude that even though, the quantitative prediction of earthquake initiation is an extremely complicated task, by integrating knowledge of the propagation of seismic waves and strength of seismic shaking, the state of stress in the crust and detailed slip inversions combining geodetic methods, earthquake mitigation can be achieved and it is the best possible practical approach to save the loss of lives and properties.

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to India Meteorological Department for providing valuable data and permission to publish this work. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Scientist-In-Charge, CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute (formerly C-MMACS) for providing the facilities. We are thankful to Mr. Sandeep Agarwal for his help to solve Seisan related issues.

NOTES

^{*}Corresponding author.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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