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Published March 2015 | Published
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CAPjoint, A Computer Software Package for Joint Inversion of Moderate Earthquake Source Parameters with Local and Teleseismic Waveforms


Accurate earthquake source parameters such as fault mechanism, depth, and moment magnitude are not only important in seismic‐hazard assessment, but also are crucial to studies of earthquake rupture processes and seismotectonics. Although large earthquakes (M_w 7+) may cause substantial damage, they occur less frequently. In contrast, moderate earthquakes (M_w 5.0–6.5) occur with much higher frequency and may occur on faults not geologically identified. Some of the moderate earthquakes cause damage in densely populated communities, especially in developing countries (Baumbach et al., 1994; Hamzehloo, 2005). For example, the 2011 M_w 5 earthquake in Lorca, Spain (Pro et al., 2014), the 2012 M_w 5.9 Ferrara earthquake sequence in northern Italy (Malagnini et al., 2012), the 2010 M_w 5 Suining earthquake in Sichuang Province of China (Luo et al., 2011), and the 1998 M_w 5.7 Zhangbei earthquake in Hebei Province of China (Li et al., 2008) all caused substantial economic loss and casualty. Compared with events larger than M_w 7, rupture processes of these moderate events can be approximated as point sources, which are usually described with a centroid moment tensor (CMT) because the rupture duration is usually shorter than the period used in the waveform inversion.

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© 2015 by the Seismological Society of America. First published online January 28, 2015. Seismic waveform data were requested from Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology-Data Management Center. This study is supported by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) fund KZCX2-EW-121, 973 Program 2014CB845901, and National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 41274069.

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