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Multi-Use Seismic Stations Offer Strong Deterrent to Clandestine Nuclear Weapons Testing

Hennet, C. B. and van der Vink, G. E. and Richards, P. G. and Adushkin, V. V. and Kopnichev, Y. F. and Geary, R. (1996) Multi-Use Seismic Stations Offer Strong Deterrent to Clandestine Nuclear Weapons Testing. Eos, 77 (31). pp. 289-301. ISSN 0096-3941. doi:10.1029/96EO00206.

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As the United States and other nations push for the signing of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, representatives are meeting in Geneva this year to develop an International Seismic Monitoring System to verify compliance with the treaty's restrictions. In addition to the official monitoring system, regional networks developed for earthquake studies and basic research can provide a strong deterrent against clandestine testing. The recent release of information by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) on previously unannounced nuclear tests provides an opportunity to assess the ability of multi-use seismic networks to help monitor nuclear testing across the globe. Here we look at the extent to which the formerly unannounced tests were recorded and identified on the basis of publicly available seismographic data recorded by five seismic networks. The data were recorded by networks in southern Nevada and northern California at stations less than 1500 km from the Nevada Test Site (NTS), and two networks in the former Soviet Union at stations farther than 1500 km from the NTS.

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Additional Information:© 1996 American Geophysical Union. We thank Joan Gomberg, Stephen Harmsen, Diane dePolo, and Martha Savage of the University of Nevada, Reno, for generously providing technical information on the SGBSN and the WGBSN, and for checking seismic bulletins for test information. This work was performed at the request of the United States Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
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Official Citation:Hennet, C. B., G. E. Van der Vink, P. G. Richards, V. V. Adushkin, Y. F. Kopnichev, and R. Geary (1996), Multi-Use seismic stations offer strong deterrent to clandestine nuclear weapons testing, Eos Trans. AGU, 77(31), 289–301, doi:10.1029/96EO00206
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