A Caltech Library Service

Analysis of broadband records from the 28 June 1992 Big Bear earthquake: Evidence of a multiple-event source

Jones, Laura E. and Hough, Susan E. (1995) Analysis of broadband records from the 28 June 1992 Big Bear earthquake: Evidence of a multiple-event source. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 85 (3). pp. 688-704. ISSN 0037-1106.

PDF - Published Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


The 28 June 1992 Big Bear earthquake occurred at 15:05:21 GMT and is considered to be an aftershock of the earlier M_w = 7.3 Landers earthquake. From overall aftershock locations and long-period focal studies, rupture is generally assumed to have propagated northeast. No surface rupture was found, however, and the mainshock locations determined from both strong motion and TERRAscope data are mutually consistent and do not lie on the assumed fault plane. Further, directivity analysis of records from the TERRAscope array suggests significant short- and long-period energy propagating northwest along the presumed antithetic fault plane. This observation is supported by significant early aftershocks distributed along both the presumed rupture plane and the antithetic plane to the northwest. An empirical Green's function (eGf) approach using both the M_w = 5.2, 28 June 1992 14:43 GMT foreshock and the M_w = 5.0 17 August 1992 aftershock produces consistent results and suggests that the Big Bear event comprised at least two substantial subevents. From the eGf results, we infer that the second and possibly a third subevent occurred on the presumed (northeast striking) mainshock rupture surface, but that significant moment release occurred on the antithetic northwest striking surface. We present results from line-source fault modeling of broadband displacement recordings of the Big Bear mainshock, which indicate that a two-fault event is necessary to produce the observed waveforms. The limitations imposed by the mainshock location and directivity analysis require that the initial rupture be towards the northwest, striking 320°. This was followed approximately 4 sec later by bilateral rupture along a northeast-southwest fault that strikes 50° east of north.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
Hough, Susan E.0000-0002-5980-2986
Additional Information:© 1995 Seismological Society of America. Manuscript received 12 August 1993. We thank Lisa Wald for providing us the SCSN location of the Big Bear event, Egill Hauksson for providing aftershock relocations, and Gary Rasmussen for bringing the Sugarloaf rupture to our attention. We thank Dave Wald for his invaluable help with the line-source inversion software, Leonardo Seeber and John Armbruster for their discussions, Suzanne Jackson for helpful suggestions, and Chuck Ammon for thorough and thoughtful reviews. This work was supported by contribution Number 5316, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology.
Other Numbering System:
Other Numbering System NameOther Numbering System ID
Caltech Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences5316
Issue or Number:3
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20140115-160137723
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:43397
Deposited On:17 Jan 2014 16:08
Last Modified:09 Mar 2020 13:18

Repository Staff Only: item control page