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Data Event Response to the July 4, 2019 M 6.4 and July 6, 2019 M 7.1 Earthquakes Near Ridgecrest, California


Written by David Phillips & Beth Bartel
5 July 2019


GAGE Network of the Americas - Data Response


Event Summary

This response covers two related felt events:

M 7.1 - 18km W of Searles Valley, CA
2019-07-06 03:19:53 (UTC) 35.770°N 117.599°W 8.0 km depth

M 6.4 - 12km SW of Searles Valley, CA
2019-07-04 17:33:49 (UTC) 35.705°N 117.506°W 10.7 km depth


GAGE Response

NOTA GPS/GNSS Real Time Data Solutions
Dynamic displacement signals from these earthquakes were recorded by NOTA GNSS stations streaming high-rate (1-sps / 1 Hz) data in real time. These data allowed peak ground displacements (PGDs) to be calculated automatically from the displacement traces within seconds of the earthquake, as the surface waves propagated away from the epicenter.

For the M6.4 2019-07-04 event, the nearest station (P595) recorded a PGD of 113 mm. Using inversions from stations out to 100 km of the epicenter, a “geodetic” magnitude of M6.3 was estimated within 30 seconds of the earthquake occurring. This GNSS-only magnitude only slightly underestimated the final known magnitude.

For the M7.1 2019-07-06 event, the nearest station (P595) recorded a PGD of 697 mm, much larger than the projected value of ~410 mm. The next closest site (CCCC) recorded a PGD of 354 mm, similar to the projected value of 360mm. Using inversions from stations out to 200 km of the epicenter, a “geodetic” magnitude of M 6.9 was estimated within 30 seconds of the earthquake occurring. This GNSS data-only magnitude underestimated the final known magnitude, but was more accurate than the preliminary seismic data-only estimate of M6.2 at 30 seconds after origin time.

Note: Figures and findings are preliminary and subject to revision.

NOTA GPS/GNSS High Rate Data for Post Processing
For the M6.4 2019-07-04 event, high-rate 5-sps (5 Hz) data are being downloaded from 200+ NOTA stations within ~250 km of the epicenter for a 3-hour time window around the event (± 1.5 hours), as well as 1-sps (1 Hz) data for a 3-day time window (± 1.5 days).

For the M7.1 2019-07-06 event, high-rate 5-sps (5 Hz) data are being downloaded from 700+ NOTA stations within 1,000 km of the epiecenter for a 3-hour time window around the event (± 1.5 hours), as well as 1-sps (1 Hz) data for a 1-day time window (continuing from the 3-day window from the M6.4 download). A map of downloaded stations is provided in Figure 4.

These data will soon be available in RINEX format from the UNAVCO high rate data ftp site.

GAGE GPS/GNSS Displacement Estimates
Coseismic offsets from this event have been estimated by the GAGE GNSS Analysis Centers (Figure 20). Preliminary “rapid” offsets have been tabulated and published in an event (*.EVT) file available from the UNAVCO event data products ftp site. As more data and final orbits become available, the ACC will also produce a “final” offset solution, as well as offsets estimated from Kalman filter time series analyses. The final event file will be added to the event data products ftp site. The Kalman filter offset solution will be included in the master offset file.

NOTA Borehole Strainmeter Data
Fully processed 1-sps borehole strainmeter (BSM) datasets for both of these events have been produced. These datasets can be downloaded from the UNAVCO borehole strainmeter event response page. See figures for examples of signals recorded by the BSM network.

GAGE Data and Support

  • Please contact archive-gpsunavco.org for information on data availability.
  • To request access to these and other RT-GPS stations operated by UNAVCO please send an email request to rtgpsunavco.org.
  • For information on past event responses, see the UNAVCO Geophysical Event Response page.

Acknowledgements

These data are provided by the GAGE Facility, operated by UNAVCO, Inc., with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under NSF Cooperative Agreement EAR-1724794. The Network of the Americas (NOTA) is a core component of the NSF GAGE Facility. To acknowledge use of these data please follow the acknowledgment guidelines.

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